MSU DPPS hires Jaclyn Sayen as first Community Liaison Coordinator

Jaclyn Sayen

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety (MSU DPPS) is excited to welcome Jaclyn Sayen as its first Community Liaison Coordinator. Sayen began her role with the department in November.   Sayen was born in Hancock, Michigan and later moved to Okemos. She received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University, a Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership, and a Master of Arts in Education from MSU.  “Being the first Community Liaison Coordinator carries some weight and expectations,” said Sayen. “Through community engagement, we intentionally create interactions that build and strengthen trusting relationships and give those we serve a glimpse at our humanity, vulnerability, passion and […]

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MSU Alert: Spring 2023 Test Message

Date: January 10, 2023 Subject: Start of Spring Semester 2023 Test Message Synopsis: This is a message from the Michigan State University Police Department. At the start of every semester, we test our mass notification system. Please refer to the email you received today from Michigan State University ALERT NOTIFICATION for additional information.

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Meet Jacquez Gray, the first Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for MSU DPPS

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety (DPPS) is excited to welcome Jacquez Gray as its first Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Gray began his role with the department in November.  Gray was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Kenwood Academy High School. He later attended Western Illinois University for his bachelor’s degree, majoring in law enforcement and justice administration. Gray received his Master of Arts from the University of St. Thomas in leadership and student affairs.  “It is a beautiful thing when we are able celebrate and acknowledge the differences we all have,” said Gray. “My first goal with my new role is to […]

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MSU Alert: Timely Warning for Robbery

Date Occurred: 12/9/2022 Location: West Circle Drive Synopsis: At approximately 12:06am on 12/9/2022, the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety received a report of a carjacking that occurred along West Circle Drive, specifically near the Main Library. A police chase ensued and two individuals were apprehended in the city of Lansing. There is an ongoing investigation regarding this incident. If you see anything suspicious, please call MSU DPPS at 517-355-2221, or 911. Suspect Information: Masked men wearing all black Vehicle Information: Possibly a white sedan and a turquois sedan

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DPPS officially announces department-wide rebranding

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety (DPPS) is excited to announce our department-wide rebranding. The new brand of DPPS is a recommitment to operating with the highest degree of transparency, responsibility, and respect.  The new brand includes a lime green shield as the department-wide logo, which represents all functions and operations within DPPS. The mark in the center of the shield represents the community, in which DPPS serves and protects.  “The purpose of our department rebranding is to unify the vast resources that DPPS provides,” said Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Marlon Lynch. “We strive for our community to know that in addition to always being available for […]

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MSU Alert: Timely Warning for Motor Vehicle Theft

Date Occurred: 10/30/22 – 11/7/22 Location: Brody Hall Synopsis: There have been 3 thefts of mopeds in the Brody Neighborhood in the last 10 days. This bulletin serves as a warning and a community reminder to make sure all motor vehicles are secured and in designated parking areas when left unattended. If you see anything suspicious, please call MSU DPPS at 517-355-2221, or 911. Suspect Information: Unknown Vehicle Information: 3 Mopeds

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MSU Alert: Incident in Downtown East Lansing

MSU ALERT

UPDATE: 10/30/22 (4:29 a.m.) – The suspects are believed to have left the area. Please continue to avoid the area and use caution. Contact the East Lansing Police Department at 517-351-4220 or 911 to report any suspicious activity. — ORIGINAL ALERT: 10/30/22 (3:04 a.m.) – A report of shots fired occurred at or near Downtown East Lansing. If nearby, please use caution. Contact the East Lansing Police Department to report any unusual or suspicious activity. Gunshots were reported to have been fired in the area of the Grove Street Parking Ramp. Officers are on scene. Suspects are reported to be two Black males, one wearing a black jacket with a red design on the back, and one with a backpack. […]

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Meet Benny and Chase, DPPS’ first therapy canines

Chase and Benny

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety (DPPS) is excited to introduce Benny and Chase, the department’s first therapy canines.   Benny and Chase came to East Lansing from Brevard County, Florida, where they graduated from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Paws & Stripes College in September 2022. Sergeant Kim Parviainen and Detective Sydnee Zienta were selected as the dogs’ handlers.  Chase and Benny were shelter dogs prior to being chosen for training. They underwent a 12-week program led by a team of male and female correctional facility inmates in Florida.  “They learned both voice commands and hand signals, were housebroken, and learned basic obedience,” said Parviainen. “They were also socialized in various environments […]

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DPPS, ELPD partner to form new collaborative policing team

P.E.A.C.E. Team

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) and the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety (MSU DPPS) have partnered to form the Proactive Engagement and Community Enhancement (P.E.A.C.E.) Team, which will work to address community concerns with long-term solutions on both sides of Grand River Avenue. This newly formed team consists of MSU DPPS Detective/Sergeant James Terrill, MSU DPPS Officer Falysha Edmondson, ELPD Detective Ben Mommersteeg and ELPD Detective Justan Horst. The administrative personnel that will oversee this new team include MSU DPPS Captain Sherief Fadly and ELPD Deputy Chief Chad Connelly. “Collaborating with our community partners is not only rewarding, but necessary,” said MSU Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police […]

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