The University Police Department is an autonomous, fully certified and operational law enforcement agency that serves New Jersey’s second largest and fastest growing university. The MSU PD is charged with the enforcement of all state and local laws, as well as university rules and regulations. The MSU PD is also responsible for the implementation of programs and services designed to promote public safety, crime prevention and community awareness.
The department is currently staffed by 40 full-time police officers, six dispatchers and one administrative assistant. MSU Police Officers are responsible for providing all law enforcement and emergency services to the campus community. All Police Officers are trained and certified by the New Jersey State Police Training Commission and must attend and complete a rigorous basic training course for police officers at the Passaic County Police Academy.
The University’s main campus spans three municipalities and two counties. Our jurisdiction includes all property the University owns, leases or otherwise controls and includes all roadways that run through and are adjacent to the University. Our headquarters are located on Red Hawk Road, next to the Red Hawk Parking Deck. Our sub-station is located in the Abbott and Costello Center at The Village at Little Falls.
MSU Police patrol the campus and its adjacent areas by means of marked and unmarked police vehicles, motorcycle, bicycle and foot patrols. Officers respond to calls for service, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, medical emergencies and mutual aid calls with surrounding law enforcement agencies. Officers also provide and participate in programs designed to promote safety, crime prevention and victim awareness and assistance.
In an effort to keep the University community safe and improve our efficiency, officers receive continuous year-round training. This training includes, but is not limited to, cultural diversity, crime prevention, Breathalyzer, use of force, motor vehicle accident reconstruction, insurance fraud, drug identification, crisis negotiation, bias crimes investigation, domestic violence, gang awareness, warrant preparation and execution, firearms qualification and narcotics enforcement to name a few. Several officers are certified Police Academy Instructors.
All officers are first-responder trained (first aid, CPR, and Automatic External Defibrillator, AED). Several officers are fully certified Emergency Medical Technicians.