Parent/Family Resources

Dear Spartan Family,

On behalf of the Michigan State University Police Department, I am excited to welcome you and your student to Michigan State University. As your student transitions to the campus of MSU, we understand that you are entrusting us with the care of your student and we take that responsibility very seriously.

What makes us different from some other universities is that our officers are certified by the State of Michigan, which means we have the full range of legal powers, including powers of arrest. As a full service police agency, it is important for you to know that we use all of our resources at hand to maintain a safe environment for all.

Another unique aspect about our officers is that they must have completed at least a Bachelor’s Degree prior to being hired at MSU Police Department. The department truly values how we reflect the community we serve. Our officers have been in your student’s shoes and know the rewards and frustrations of being a college student, which helps them build relationships with the students and the MSU community.

At Michigan State University Police Department, our mission is to enhance the quality of life on campus by building relationships, strengthening stewardship, and working collaboratively within our diverse community to reduce crime, enforce laws, preserve peace, and provide for a safe environment. As we collaborate with your student, staff and faculty, I can assure you that the community’s safety is our top priority.

Within close proximity to the campus of Michigan State University, there are other local police departments who we work in partnership with on a regular basis. Whether your student lives on campus or off-campus, we will make sure they receive the resources needed.

I encourage you to visit our website,, to learn more about the resources we provide to the Michigan State University community. On this page are resource links with information about campus safety, our MSU Alert system and parking information. I encourage both you and your student to contact the Michigan State University Police Department at 517-355-2221 or should you experience any problems, or have any questions or concerns related to security or law enforcement services on campus.

Best wishes and GO GREEN!

Marlon C. Lynch
Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police
Michigan State University Police Department