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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.
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.
The Investigation Division at the Southeast Missouri State University Police Department is responsible for conducting follow-up investigations of reports initiated by the Patrol Division and reports made directly to the Investigation Division. Investigator(s) coordinate intelligence information, assist with administrative investigations and conduct criminal investigations for presentation to state and municipal prosecutors. The University Police Department is a member of the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger Counties Major Case Squad. University Police Investigator(s) are assigned and serve on the Major Case Squad.
The Evidence and Property Division at Southeast Missouri State University Police Department is responsible for the collection and preservation of evidence during criminal investigations. The Evidence and Property Division works closely with officers assigned to the Patrol Division and the Detective Division. The Evidence and Property Division also works with members of the Southeast Missouri Regional Crime Laboratory when evidence must be analyzed prior to court proceedings.
The Evidence and Property Division is also the repository for lost or stolen items found on University property. Follow-up investigations are conducted to ensure the found property is returned to its rightful owner.
If you have lost something on campus, you may call the Department of Public Safety at573) 651-2215 to see if the item has been turned in. Found Southeast Missouri State identification cards are turned over to ID Services.
The Communications Division of the Department of Public Safety is responsible for the answering of 911 calls, the monitoring of campus alarms, as well as the dispatching of emergency services.
To contact University Police, Fire, or Ambulance, dial 911.
Because cell phones will not always connect to the closest 911 call center, please program the University Police 24-hour Emergency Number into your cell phone: 573-651-2911. Call this number to report a campus emergency or crime from your cell phone to ensure the quickest response.
Call 911 when there is a crime in progress, a fire, a medical emergency, when someone is in physical danger or in other situations in which help is required immediately. When reporting an emergency, the following information will be needed:
For more information on the history and development of the 911 system, consult the National Emergency Number Association at 740-622-8911, or refer to their website.
The University has installed emergency call boxes throughout the campus. These phones are strategically placed around campus, easily visible and will connect you directly to campus police.
For those situations in which the immediate intervention of emergency personnel is not required, call 651-2215, the 24-hour general information line of the University Police Department. If you live in a municipality, call your municipal police department. When reporting a situation which is not an emergency, the following information will be needed:
Road and weather conditions are monitored by DPS and information on these can be obtained 24 hours a day at the general information line.
Information is available on parking and the University shuttles, or inquiries can be made by calling the DPS general information line, 651-2215. More information on the city of Cape Girardeau can be found on the city website.
Southeast Missouri State University
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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701