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Oklahoma State University
OSU Police

Department of Public Safety

Patrol Division

The OSU Police Department deploys several methods to patrol the 2,600 acres of university property. The patrol division includes vehicles, bicycles, Segways, campus foot patrol and lake patrol. Patrol officers respond to calls for service, write reports, conduct preliminary investigations, provide traffic enforcement, provide crowd control during special events, and provide security for the university’s property.

The Patrol Division is staffed by twenty-one officers who provide 24-hour service to the OSU campus. The patrol division operates on three shifts and primarily uses vehicle patrol but will also use foot, bike, and Segway officers to supplement patrol efforts. Using patrol vehicles offers increased efficiency in responding to the community needs and equips officers with a mobile office to serve the community.

The Core Campus Division is staffed by three officers who typically provide services Monday through Friday during normal business hours to the core academic area of campus. These officers use only foot, bicycle, and Segway patrol types which are extremely effective law enforcement tools given the campus’ normally crowded and congested conditions. These officers are able to navigate through congested areas of campus and can often respond to emergency calls for service faster than the officers in vehicles and can travel in areas where patrol vehicles cannot travel. These methods of patrolling are highly visible on campus, provide important safety information, and allow officers to develop a more intimate relationship with the OSU community.

The Lake Patrol Division is staffed with three officers who provide services primarily during the summer months to Lake Carl Blackwell, located north of Highway 51 about six miles west of the main OSU-Stillwater campus. Thousands of visitors, campers, fishermen, and sightseers visit Lake Carl Blackwell. OSU Police Officers provide them with friendly and efficient police protection while patrolling the recreational and campground areas surrounding the lake. Lake officers also have a patrol vessel to help with enforcement and assistance on the water.