About University Police

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department (UPD) is the police force of original jurisdiction on campus. It is staffed by 26 duly sworn, state-certified police officers with full arrest powers.

Each officer has successfully completed the state’s basic law enforcement academy and regularly attends other advanced and in-service training programs. The UPD employs a full-time staff of 14 residence hall security guards, six radio dispatchers and other support personnel.

The UPD also works very closely with other law enforcement agencies, including the Hattiesburg Police Department, Forrest County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Alcohol Beverage Control and the local FBI office.

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