Bureaus & Divisions

Field Services Bureau

The Field Services Bureau oversees the Uniform Division and the Investigative Division providing field services for the Michigan State University Police Department.

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, behavioral threat assessment, crime scene investigation, records management, fugitive team, violent crimes task force and dignitary protection.

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.

Management Services Bureau

Deputy Director John Prush

Deputy Director John Prush

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.

Support Services Bureau

Deputy Chief Penny Fischer

Deputy Chief Penny Fischer

The Support Services Bureau oversees the Administrative Services Division,Emergency Management Division, Special Events Division, and the Center for Trauma Informed Investigative Excellence to manage support services for the Michigan State University Police Department.

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division is responsible for recruitment, hiring, training, public information, 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.  The division also oversees internal affairs, and acts as the Department’s Public Information Officer. The division commander manages the Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit and serves as ex-officio to the MSU Police Oversight Committee.

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.

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.

Center for Trauma Informed Investigative Excellence

The mission of the Center for Trauma Informed Investigative Excellence (Center) is to provide training in best practices to further the use of Trauma Informed Investigation (TII) techniques in support of survivors. The Center’s focus is to provide skills to conduct productive investigations that can potentially lead to successful prosecution. The Center’s vision is promoting the use of victim-centered and offender-focused investigations using a trauma-informed approach.