Department Units and Organizational Chart
In addition to CALEA accreditation the department was also accredited through IACLEA in June of 2007, January of 2010, January 2013, and November 2015. This group looks at CALEA standards and adds additional standards for campuses. More information on IACLEA accreditation can be obtained at: http://www.iaclea.org/Visitors/professionaldevelopment/accreditation/index.cfm
The Patrol Division of the University of Missouri Police consists of approximately 34 sworn, professional police personnel dedicated to maintaining a positive educational environment for the university community.
The patrol division operates with a pro-active, problem solving philosophy, focusing on community contact and increased communication. This approach enhances crime prevention efforts and assists in determining community needs.
Each officer working in the Patrol Division is assigned to one of three shifts. Each shift is a team lead by a designated Sergeant and Lieutenant who, in turn, report to the Operations Commander, a Major.
Patrol shift hours are as follows:
- First Shift: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Second Shift: 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Third Shift: 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Police personnel enforce state/local criminal laws, as well as University policies, rules and regulations. Additionally, officers assigned to the Patrol Division work campus social events, home athletic activities, and participate in crime prevention and community oriented policing programs.
University police officers have jurisdiction on property the University owns, leases, or otherwise controls. Jurisdiction also includes city streets running through and adjacent to campus properties. Additionally, all University police officers are commissioned by the City of Columbia and Boone County.
University officers receive Basic Police Academy training in compliance with Missouri State Statute for certified peace officers and continuous training in compliance with Police Officer Standards and Training (POST). Officers receive additional training in the areas of firearms and weapons proficiency, first-aid and CPR, search and seizure, use of radar, cultural diversity, drug/substance awareness and many other additional topics.
Communications operators are responsible for a variety of tasks. Tasks include emergency and non-emergency call taking, dispatching police officers to calls for service, prioritizing requests for assistance, maintaining and operating police radios, assisting walk-ins in the front lobby, maintaining status of officers in the field, operating the criminal justice computer systems (MULES), filing and maintaining criminal justice entries, information and logs, and maintaining the daily activities summary log.
The communication operator is often the first contact a person has with the MU Police Department. Therefore their professionalism is very important. When someone calls for service, the operator must obtain the caller's name, his/her call-back number, location and nature of call, and any other information that will assist the responding officer(s) in maintaining officer safety and apprehending suspects. A Communications operator's ability to remain calm and professional during periods of intense stress is essential to the completion of their duties and the safety of all patrol personnel.
Lost and Found
Our efforts are guided by policy and procedure for the University of Missouri campus (see: [The Business Policy and Procedure Manual 6:100]. All items turned in to Lost and Found are kept for at least sixty days. After the sixty day period, all sellable items are sent to University Surplus Property where they are sold at auction.
Lost Items: Most buildings on campus have a temporary lost and found storage where they retain items until they can bring them to the MU Police Department. If you have lost an item, we recommend you retrace your steps and check with administration within the buildings near or in which you lost the item(s). If you cannot locate your property, contact us at the below email/phone number or submit a Lost/Found Item report . Be prepared to provide your name, contact information, property description, and location where you lost your property.
Found Items: If you have found property and feel comfortable returning it to the owner, please do so. Otherwise, you can complete a Lost/Found Item report or bring the property to the MU Police Department. If you choose to bring the item to the MU Police Department, be sure to attach a note listing the date and location where the property was found. If you have items in bulk or more than just a few items, please drop them off during the Lost and Found hours of operation. Please note there are some items we cannot accept. For a complete list of items we do not accept, click here.
Campus Safety Officers (Student and Part-time Employees)
The primary function of a CSO is to provide security and act in a support role for the University Police Department. All CSO's are required to work certain events throughout the year, and are restricted from working over 28 hours per week, in accordance with University regulations. Duties include:
- Providing security for sporting events, concerts, and other special events on campus
- Traffic direction at special events
- Providing security during overnight hours (11:00 pm - 7:00 am) for Residence Halls by ensuring doors and windows are secure and unauthorized individuals do not gain entry
CSO's are a vital part of the MU Police Department who help maintain a safe and secure environment where students, faculty and staff can pursue their goals in a community where learning is the highest priority. Hours are flexible and allow for student employees to work around class schedules and tests. Anyone interested in applying for a CSO position can contact the Staff Sergeant who coordinates the program (listed below).
Patrol officers rotate into the Investigations Unit through an application process and fill that position for a fixed time period. Detectives receive additional training in the areas of computer investigations, photography, sketches of wanted people, and crime scene processing. As in any other unit, the officers specialize in an area that interests and motivates them . When these officers return to patrol duties, or work with the patrol officers, this knowledge is passed on to their co-workers.
Detectives typically maintain day time hours during a normal work week, but they sometimes stay late or are called in on nights and weekends to conduct investigations.
Our officers have assisted the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad, of which the University Police Department is a member, in investigating murders, rapes and other serious crime in the areas adjoining Boone County. They have also tracked down students and employees that have left the country after committing crimes in Columbia. The members of this department do their best to stay current on new techniques and equipment to better serve the community. An officer's job is rarely like it is shown on TV, and this holds true for detectives as well. University detectives have been called upon to tell people that loved ones have died, to dig in the trash for evidence, and to rescue children from their abusive parents. Dedication and compassion are foremost in this unit.
Columbia Crime Stoppers (573) 875-TIPS (8477)