University of Missouri Police Department
901 Virginia Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-7201

Media Contact

Sara Diedrich
Public Safety Information Specialist
(573) 882-3243 (which will forward to her cellular phone) or email
In her absence, please contact the MU News Bureau at (573) 882-6211 or email

During a campus emergency please do not call MUPD.  Instead, check for updates on the MU Alert and MU News Bureau websites. These are the only official resources of information for the public and news media during an emergency.  Once an all clear is issued, a university spokesperson can assist with questions. 

Crime Prevention Unit

The Crime Prevention Unit is staffed by two officers who report to a Patrol Lieutenant designated by the Patrol Captain. Two of these officers work daytime hours and the third works evening hours. Additionally, one of these positions is occupied by the department’s Explosives Detecting K-9 Unit. Responsibilities include development and presentation of safety, security and prevention programs and brochures and close interaction/liaison with residential halls/Greek life, various faculty, staff and student departments and organizations. Crime Prevention is also responsible for juvenile operations, victim/witness operations, crime analysis, the development of community policing strategies, problem-oriented policing strategies, crime prevention programs and other duties as assigned.

Daytime contacts