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OSU Police

Department of Public Safety

About the Department

The Oklahoma State University Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to participate in the educational experience by providing a safe, protected, and orderly environment. As a service organization, the department offers a full range of police resources, which includes area patrols, criminal investigations, crime prevention, facilities security analysis, event planning, and parking management and enforcement. In addition, members of the department serve on university and community committees, provide training and specialized presentations to campus organizations and living groups, participate in the design and installation of safety and traffic control devices, and act as special advisors to all campus departments and administration. The professional police men and women, full-time staff members, and part-time employees are all hand picked to meet the high standards and multi-dimensional mission of a Public Safety Department. The OSU Police Department was first agency in the State of Oklahoma to achieve accreditation by the Oklahoma Association of Chief's of Police Accreditation Program and have maintained that accreditation since 1998.

OSU Police and Public Service Officers provide a positive image to visitors and members of the campus community, whether it is providing directions, parking information, or just a friendly welcome. Our officers represent this university as a group of caring and professional people, intent upon enhancing a friendly community atmosphere. Necessary enforcement includes using alternatives to arrest when reasonable and full cooperation with administrative services and functions that impact student conduct. Our enforcement efforts are always geared toward providing a safe community.

For the OSU Police, service is not just a word or a part of a catchy slogan, but a way of life. Our people programs, such as motorist assists, money transports, and emergency notification services are handled routinely. OSU's blue phone system, which promises campus citizens, "...immediate help from out of the blue", is still being copied by other universities, although our network has been operating for sixteen years. Campus organizations needing reliable and professional appearing drivers often arrange to use members of our student public service officer force.

Thousands of visitors, campers, fishermen, and sightseers visit Lake Carl Blackwell and surrounding recreational areas. OSU Police Officers provide them with friendly and efficient police protection, including lake patrol and rescue operations on the water.

Overall, the OSU Police Department believes in providing proactive law enforcement and service to you, the university community.