Bureaus & Divisions

Police Services Bureau

The Police Services Bureau oversees the Support Services Division, Uniform Division, and the Investigative Division.

Support Services Services Division

The Support Services Division is responsible for recruitment, hiring, internal affairs and policy development. The Emergency Management Unit and Special Events Unit are also part of this division,

Uniform Division

The Uniform Division consists of the department’s training officer, 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.  The Training Officer manages each year several department 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.

Investigative Division

The Investigative Division is composed of detectives, a court officer, a case manager and an evidence officer.  Other specialized areas include: relationship violence and sexual misconduct, threat assessment, crime scene investigation, records management, fugitive team, violent crimes task force, digital forensic specialists, cyber crime investigators and dignitary protection.

Special Events Unit

The Special Events Unit 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.

Emergency Management Unit

The Emergency Management Unit provides the MSU community with emergency management and fire safety services. In 2017, MSU became the fifth institution of higher education in the nation to become accredited in emergency management programming.

Management Services Bureau

The Management Services Bureau houses the Access Control Division, Parking Division, Business 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.

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.