Police Officers

UPD Patrol

Charles Chandler
Patrol Captain
Phone:266-6254 
charles.r.chandler@usm.edu

The University Police Department is staffed primarily by certified, sworn police officers. In order to be employed as a police officer one must be able to pass a background check and an oral interview. In a addition, one of the following is required:

  • A current Mississippi law enforcement officers professional certificate

  • Prior law enforcement certification, with the ability to complete refresher training

  • Ability to complete requirements to enter and complete a basic law enforcement academy

The University Police Department hires persons with and without law enforcement experience as police officers. Those hired without law enforcement experience will be sent to a police academy at Camp Shelby or Pearl, Mississippi.