University Police Department

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. Patrol and dispatch services are provides 24 hours a day with access to local emergency services.

Personal Safety

The University Police Department (UPD) exists to protect life and property, to prevent crime, and to be of general service to the university community. The UPD is available around-the-clock to meet the many diverse needs of faculty, staff and students. Patrol and dispatch services are provided 24 hours a day with access to local emergency services. All UPD officers are certified by the Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officer’s Standards and Training and have full arrest power. The UPD works in conjunction with other local, municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the exercise of its responsibilities.

In addition to its sworn police officers, the UPD also employs a large contingent of non-sworn security officers who provide services to the university community. Their duties include patrolling the academic buildings and grounds after normal working hours and monitoring and controlling access to residence halls from midnight to 7 a.m., seven days a week.

Whom to Call in an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, you should dial 911 from any of The University of Southern Mississippi’s campuses or facilities. Callers should remain on the line to ensure dispatchers have the correct location.

Calls from a land line will be directed either to University Police (Hattiesburg) or base security (Keesler Air Force Base and Stennis Space Center). Calls from a cell phone will be directed to the appropriate local jurisdiction. 911 dispatchers in the Hattiesburg area will redirect calls to University Police as soon as they determine the emergency is on campus.

Hattiesburg

      University Police

          • 911 (emergency)

          • 601.266.4986 (non-emergency)

          • Bond Hall, First Floor West

Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach

      CampusSecurity

          • 911 (emergency, directed to Long Beach Police Department)
          • 228.214.3430 (administrative office)
          • 228.214.3501 (security office)
          • 228.234.2068 (24-hour duty cell phone)

 Gulf Coast Student Service Center, Gulfport

     CampusSecurity

         • 911 (emergency, directed to Gulfport Police Department)

         • 228.865.4519 (security office)

          • 228.669.7496 (24-hour duty cell phone)

Keesler Air Force Base

          • 911 (emergency, directed to Harrison County Emergency Dispatch Center)

          • 228.377.3040 (base security)

StennisSpaceCenter

          • 911 (emergency, directed to Hancock County Emergency Dispatch Center)

          • 228.688.3636 (security department)

What to Do in an Emergency

Faculty, staff, students and others in the community should contact the University Police Department or the Office of the Dean of Students with any information regarding behaviors of a person on campus that might be viewed as cause for concern.

If you are notified of or involved in an emergency or crisis, stay calm, assess the situation and be prepared to take safety precautions based on your personal situation. Here are tips to follow:

• Stay away from the area of the emergency or crisis.

• Find a safe place and stay there until you are notified that the emergency is over.

• If you are directly affected by the emergency, call 911 or UPD as soon as it is safe to do so. Provide as much information as you can and stay on the phone until told to hang up.


• Alert others if you can without endangering yourself.

• Evacuate the area by a safe route if possible.

• If the emergency is an active threat and you are unable to evacuate the area, attempt to seek an area of safe refuge.

• If you must seek refuge, secure doors and windows as quickly as possible and barricade as many items between you and the threat.

• Do not attempt to make contact with the individual(s) responsible for the threat unless no other option is available.

• Once in a secure location, do not open the door for anyone but the police.

Reporting a Crime

The university encourages prompt and accurate reporting of all crimes, suspected crimes and other emergencies. All reports are responded to quickly by the appropriate emergency personnel. When reporting a crime or other emergency, the following information should be provided:

• Nature of the crime or emergency

• Name, address and phone number of caller

• Location of the incident

• Description of the scene and suspects

• Description of any vehicles involved, especially license  plate numbers

 

Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

The University Police prepares the Combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. The full text of this report can be found on our website at www.usm.edu/police.

Campus Security Authorities

Campus Security Authorities include the following:

1. A campus police department or campus security department of the university

2. Any individual who has responsibility for campus security but who is not a member of the campus police department or the campus security department

3. Any individual specified in the university’s statement of campus security policy as an individual to which students and employees should report criminal offenses

4. Any individual of the university who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities

The following individuals are designated as Campus Security Authorities for the Hattiesburg campus:

University Police Department                

Chief of Police                                              

All sworn police officers

Campus security officers (CSO)

All communication officers

Division of Student Affairs

Dean of Students staff

Director of Career Services

Director of Residence Life

Associate Directors of Residence Life

Residence Life Coordinators

Assistant Directors of Residence Life

Hall Directors

Assistant Hall Directors

Director of Student-Oriented Services

Enrollment Services staff

Director of Counseling Services

Director of Health Services

Director of Parking Management

Director of Disability Accommodations

Director of Recreational Sports

Associate Directors of Recreational Sports

Assistant Directors of Recreational Sports

Assistant Dean for Greek Life

Greek Life Coordinator

Athletic Department

Director of Athletic Programs

Senior Associates of Athletic Programs

Associate Directors of Athletic Programs       

Head Coaches for Athletic Teams

Assistant Coaches for Athletic Teams

Assistant Directors of Athletic Programs       

University Physical Plant                                           

Associate Director for Campus Operations and Fire Safety

Assistant Director for Planning and Space                             

Supervisor of Custodial Services                   

 Colleges                                                                  

Dean of colleges                                                                   

Assistant deans of colleges                                                   

Chair of departments                                     

Academic advisers                                                               

Commanding officers of Military Studies                    

 

The following individuals are designated as Campus Security Authorities for the Gulf Park campus:

Campus Management

Director of Campus Management

Campus Security

Administrative Departments

Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

Student Activities Coordinator

Events Coordinator

Associate Vice President Financial Administration

Vice President’s Office

Director of Physical Plant

Colleges

Deans

Associate deans

Assistants to the dean

Directors