The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety provides law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The department responds to all calls for service and investigates all criminal incidents occurring on property owned by the University or governed by the MSU Board of Trustees. Over the years, the area of patrol has grown from a small agricultural college to a major University with one of the largest residence hall systems in the nation.

Patrol Officers are the first responders to incidents, as they respond directly to calls that are dispatched from the Ingham County Regional 9-1-1 Center when people call in an emergency.

Patrol Officers are also one of the most visible representatives of the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety. They can frequently be seen proactively patrolling our community in police vehicles, bicycles, or on foot.

Officers work to become well-acquainted with the area and with the community members they serve within our jurisdiction. When not responding directly to 9-1-1 calls, non-emergency police requests, or providing backup to other officers; patrol officers proactively focus on current criminal or safety-related issues throughout the community.

Patrol officers are given extensive training in many different skill sets and attend mandatory training throughout their careers, because they come across so many different types of incidents and situations.

A background and understanding of patrol work is essential before a transition to any other type of police work. Because of this, all sworn officers begin their careers participating in patrol.