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, November 2015, and November 2019. This group looks at CALEA standards and adds additional standards for campuses. More information on IACLEA accreditation can be obtained at: https://www.iaclea.org/accreditation-commission
The patrol division of the University of Missouri Police Department consists of approximately 36 sworn police officers dedicated to maintaining a positive educational environment for the Mizzou community. The division operates with a pro-active, problem-solving philosophy that focuses on community contact and increased communication. This approach supports crime prevention and helps identify community needs.
Each officer working in the patrol division is assigned to one of three shifts, which is led by a designated lieutenant and sergeant who report to the operations commander, a major. Officers patrol the campus area in marked and unmarked vehicles, on bike and on foot.
MUPD officers have full powers of arrest in accordance with Missouri Revised Statutes and provide essential services to the campus community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officers respond to calls for law enforcement and general service, take reports of criminal incidents, respond to fire and intrusion alarms, assist in medical emergencies and handle traffic accidents.
MUPD enforces state laws and local ordinances as well as university policies, rules and regulations. Officers assigned to the patrol division also work campus events, home athletic activities and participate in crime prevention and community policing programs.MUPD has jurisdiction on all property the university owns, leases or otherwise controls. Jurisdiction also includes city streets running through and adjacent to campus properties. Plus, all MUPD officers are commissioned by the City of Columbia Police Department and have a mutual aid agreement for response with Boone County.
Officers receive required police academy training in compliance with Missouri State Statue for certified peace officers and continuous training in compliance with Police Officer Standards and Training (POST). Some of the training received is in firearms and weapons proficiency, search and seizure, use of radar, cultural diversity, drug and substance awareness and much more.
Security officers provide a wide variety of services that help prevent crime and enhance the safety of the campus community.
Among their many duties are monitoring campus buildings, providing safety escorts for faculty, staff and students and directing traffic during special events. Security officers also oversee the outfitting and maintenance of the police department fleet, which includes the upkeep of radios, radar units, in-car cameras and other equipment. They manage the maintenance of uniforms, gear and duty belts and are responsible for transporting paperwork between MUPD and the Boone County Courthouse and Columbia Municipal Court.
Security officers remain alert to emergency situations and provide public assistance services as needed.
The MUPD Communications Center, located inside the police department, is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are currently 13 full-time communications operators that report to a records/communications supervisor. All operators must have Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) and Association of Public Communication Officials (APCO) certification.
Communications operators are responsible for a variety of tasks that include, but are not limited to, taking emergency and non-emergency calls, dispatching police officers to calls for service, prioritizing requests for assistance, maintaining and operating police radios, assisting walk-ins at the front lobby, maintaining the status of officers in the field, operating the criminal justice computer systems, filing and maintaining criminal justice entries, information and logs, and maintaining the daily activities summary log.
Communications operators are often the first contact a person makes with MUPD. Therefore, professionalism is important. When someone calls for service, the operator must obtain the caller's name, a call-back number, location and nature of the call and any other information that might assist the responding officers. A communications operator's ability to remain calm and professional during periods of intense stress is essential to completing an operator's duties and ensuring 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 Campus Safety Officers (CSO) are part-time employees who support the police department and enhance campus security. While CSO's are required to work certain events throughout the year, they are not permitted to work more than 28 hours a week in accordance with university regulations.
CSO duties include:
- Providing security for sporting events, concerts and other special events on campus.
- Directing traffic at special events.
- Providing security during overnight hours (11 p.m.- 7 a.m.) at residence halls by making sure doors and windows are locked and unauthorized individuals do not gain entry.
CSO's are supervised by a police sergeant and play a vital role at MUPD. The job is open to any qualified individual or student interested in a part-time job that builds leadership skills and provides experience in public relations, management and communications, among other areas. The hours are flexible and allow for student employees to work around class schedules and tests.
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)