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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, including Lake Carl Blackwell located north of Highway 51 about six miles west of the main OSU-Stillwater campus. The patrol division includes vehicles, bicycles, Segways, campus foot patrol and lake patrol, both on and off the water. Patrol officers responds to calls for service, write reports, conduct preliminary investigations, provide traffic enforcement, provide crowd control during special events, and provide for the security for university property.

Option Patrol is staffed by 16 officers who provide 24-hour coverage to the OSU campus. This area of patrol includes the use of bicycles, Segways and foot patrol officers. I

All officers receive bicycle and Segway training in an intense 36-hour CLEET certified law enforcement mountain bike training course. The course teaches officers bicycle laws, bicycle maintenance, health and nutrition, basic riding skills, and tactical riding skills. The OSU police department provides this training to qualified officers who request to be on the team, but also offers the course to all local law enforcement and emergency medical teams.

The bicycle, Segway and foot patrols are particularly effective law enforcement tools when dealing with extremely crowded conditions. 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 the campus are highly visible on campus and provide important safety information, while at the same time enforcing traffic laws pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians. Bicycle officers also assist in day-to-day patrol functions.

Lake Patrol officers patrol Lake Carl Blackwell, located several miles west. The recreational and campground area surrounding the lake is routinely patrolled by three officers who also have both boats and Boston Wailer patrol vessel at their disposal to help with enforcement and assitance on the water.