Release of Information on the Arrest of Michael Phinn

The Michigan State University Police Department is announcing the arrest of Michael Phinn, 32 of Fowlerville, for 1 count Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree, 3 counts Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd degree, 2 counts Gross indecency and 4 counts aggravated indecent exposure. Anyone who may be a victim or who has information regarding this case is asked to contact the Michigan State University Police Department’s toll-free tip line at: 844-99-MSUPD.

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Police chief will retire after career spanning five decades at MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. – After nearly 50 years of service, Chief Jim Dunlap will retire from the Michigan State University Police Department effective April 1, 2019. Dunlap will be chief until the end of 2018 and then serve in an advisory role to assist the department during the transition to a new chief. “I’ve had a fantastic career,” Dunlap said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the officers I’ve served with or the work we’ve done.  It’s never easy to leave a place and people that you love, but it’s been 50 years and now is my time.” After becoming chief in 2002, Dunlap expanded the department’s commitment to community policing to include all department members. Under his leadership, innovative units […]

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Official Statement from Chief James Dunlap

The following is the official statement from Chief James Dunlap reference recent media inquiries regarding MSU Police Department’s investigation of Larry Nassar: “Throughout the Nassar investigations, we worked with the Ingham County Prosecutor, the Michigan Attorney General and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. Those efforts were meant to achieve the best possible outcome for the survivors of Larry Nassar and by all objective accounts those efforts were successful.”

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CRIME BULLETIN: Beware of Scams Involving Impersonation of Law Enforcement Officials

The Michigan State University Police Department is notifying the MSU community about recent scams targeting local residents. The act may involve scammers who claim to be law enforcement, calling to notify individuals that they are a victim of identity theft. The caller then begins asking questions to obtain personal information such as bank accounts and social security numbers. Not only does the scammer indicate that they are law enforcement but the number on the caller ID is spoofed to appear to be coming from a police department. Scammers often attempt to trick victims into purchasing and relinquishing gift cards as a method of payment in lieu of arrest as well. Scam artists often utilize the tactic of impersonating officials from […]

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MSU Police Announce New Initiative to Focus on Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Support Services

EAST LANSING, Mich. –  Michigan State University Interim President John Engler and Police Chief Jim Dunlap announced that Lt. Andrea Munford has recently been assigned to develop a comprehensive program on law enforcement investigations into relationship violence and sexual assault on a trauma-informed and victim-centered basis. This is one more step in President Engler’s commitment to strengthen and enhance MSU’s response to reports of relationship violence and sexual assault. As Trauma-Informed Investigative Training Coordinator, Munford will be responsible for developing a comprehensive training curriculum, creating model policy, giving conference presentations and identifying grant opportunities. Munford will work in collaboration with community partners and external agencies to identify best practices to present the most prosecutable domestic violence and sexual assault cases. […]

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MSU Police Publish New Website

The Michigan State University Police Department worked with Ciesa Design of Lansing, MI to develop a modern presence on the web. The new website is a major improvement over previous incarnations and provides several enhancements for the MSU community. All content has been reviewed and refreshed where needed with all new content being brought online too. You can now request a community policing program, apply for a student job, and submit a request for a ride along using our updated forms. Please check it out and contact us for questions using the new contact form.

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MSU Alert Issued on April 28, 2018

MSU ALERT from the Michigan State University Police Department regarding the City of East Lansing. At or near Downtown East Lansing the East Lansing Police report; A person fired several gunshots near Charles St. and Albert St. The suspect is believed to have left the area in a vehicle. There is currently no specific description of the suspect or vehicle. Please call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

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Moped Parking Regulation Begins August 1

Designated Moped Parking Areas Created to Promote Pedestrian Safety East Lansing, Mich. Starting Aug. 1, 2018, the Michigan State University Police Department will require moped operators to park their mopeds at designated parking spaces. Prohibiting mopeds from being allowed to park at bike racks on campus is due to the dangers of mopeds driving on the sidewalks. This new regulation is in response to the recommendation made by the All University Traffic and Transportation Committee (AUTTC) and the feedback received from students who submitted a proposal to the AUTTC. “Our priority is to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Lt. Dan Munford. “By not allowing mopeds to be parked at the bike racks it removes the […]

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Twenty-five People Arrested Near MSU Pavilion

East Lansing, Mich. On March 5, 2018, law enforcement arrested 25 people near the Michigan State University Pavilion. Thirteen of the individuals were arrested for felonies including carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing police officers. All criminal reports will be sent to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Resources were provided by law enforcement personnel from MSU Police Department, Michigan State Police, Lansing Police Department, East Lansing Police Department, Meridian Township Police Department, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, and Ingham County Sheriff’s Office. Ingham County 911 and the Michigan Department of Corrections also provided assistance. Three Michigan State University Police officers and one Michigan State Police trooper received injuries during the incident.

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MSU Police Department Changes Emergency Notification System to Everbridge

East Lansing, Mich. The Michigan State University Police Department has transitioned its mass notification provider to Everbridge to help keep students, staff and faculty stay safe and informed during emergencies or disasters. Students, faculty and staff are automatically added as a recipient of the messages. Subscribers have the ability to receive notifications by phone, text and email. In addition, alerts will also be displayed on the MSU Police Department’s Facebook page. “This transition gives us a more robust system to connect with the community and our partners,” said Lt. Dave Oslund, Emergency Management Division. “It provides the subscriber with more options to be notified of potentially dangerous situations on or near campus.” Parents, guardians, visitors and community members can also […]

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