The majority of the Southeast Missouri State University Police Department's personnel are assigned to the Patrol Division. The officers are trained, state certified peace officers, most of whom hold a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice or related fields. Officers are state certified and hold police commissions through the State of Missouri and the City of Cape Girardeau. The Department has the primary responsibility for all law enforcement and safety on campus, and has developed a close working relationship with the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. This working relationship with local authorities allows the Department to monitor activities of students at off-campus student organization locations. The Department maintains a liaison with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
The Department of Public Safety has University Police Officers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working on foot patrol and vehicle patrol throughout campus.
A University Police Officer responds to all reported crimes and investigates in a timely manner. Violations of local, state, and federal law are referred for prosecution. Violations of University Policy are forwarded to the Student Affairs Division, Judicial Review System.
The University Police Department has a continuing education program for its officers. Most of the training received is taught by department officers who have procured instructor certifications in specialized areas.
Among these areas are:
University Police Officers receive training in these and many more areas. Missouri State law requires a minimum number of hours in training for all police officers in the state. University Police Officers meet and most exceed the training requirements. Most of the Officers also hold Bachelor's of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice or related fields.
The Southeast Missouri State University Police Academy is located on campus and is available to provide training for local police agencies. This provides the department with constantly updated training opportunities.