Bureaus & Divisions

Field Services Bureau

The Field Services Bureau oversees the Administrative Services Division, Uniform Division, and the Field Services Support Unit providing field services for the Michigan State University Police Department.

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division is responsible for recruitment, hiring and other personnel related duties, internal affairs, and the public information officer. The division also oversees the Department’s Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit. The division commander serves as the ex-officio to the MSU Police Oversight Committee.

Uniform Division

The Uniform Division consists of officers on patrol, field training officers, specialty teams, and cadres. Uniform Division officers are assigned geographic areas of the campus in a community team policing model and are responsible for crime detection and prevention within those areas.

Field Services Support Unit

Field Services Support administers and organizes department training initiatives and special operations. Each year, the department hosts in-service training sessions where officers receive instruction on legal updates, first aid, firearms, defensive tactics, behavioral threats, inclusion and anti-bias, emergency management and other specialized areas.

Management Services Bureau

The Management Services Bureau houses the Access Control Division, Parking Division, Business Unit, Police Records Unit,  Technology Unit,  and Traffic Engineering Unit. This bureau handles all parking and business-related functions.

Access Control Division

The Access Control Division is responsible for physical security, access control, and alarm monitoring for various buildings on campus.

Parking Division

The vehicle office maintains the faculty, staff and student vehicle registrations, as well as parking services, including parking enforcement, impounds, and visitor parking.

Business Unit

The Business Unit oversees the department budgets, accounting, and payroll.

Police Records Unit

The Police Records Unit is responsible for police records management.

Technology Unit

The Technology Unit maintains the department’s information technology infrastructure to support all operations in the department.

Traffic Engineering Unit

It is the general duty of the University Traffic Engineer to determine the installation, proper timing, and maintenance of traffic control devices; to plan and direct the operation of traffic on streets within the boundaries of Michigan State University; to establish parking areas, designating limitation and use; and to certify the installation, removal, and/or authorization of traffic control devices and signs.

Operations Bureau

The Operations Bureau oversees the Emergency Management Division, Investigative Division, Special Events Division, and Operations Support Unit to manage operational services for the Michigan State University Police Department.

Emergency Management Division

The Emergency Management Division provides the MSU community with emergency management and fire marshal services. In 2017, MSU became the fifth higher education institution in the nation to become accredited in emergency management planning. The MSU Police Fire Marshal Unit oversees regulations intended to protect life and property from a fire through prevention activities, including fire safety inspections and training.

Investigative Division

The Investigative Division is composed of detectives, a court officer and an evidence officer.  Other specialized areas include: relationship violence and sexual misconduct, behavioral threat assessment, crime scene investigation, fugitive team, violent crimes task force and dignitary protection.

Special Events Division

The Special Events Division coordinates and assists with planning for any special event on campus that involves resources from the Michigan State University Police Department. In 2017, the MSU Police Department purchased magnetometers to assist with enhanced security efforts at special events.

Operations Support

Operations Support is the Department’s Crime and Intelligence Analyst, Communications and Digital Strategist, and the Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime Unit that are housed within the Investigative Division area for supporting critical operations.