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.
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.
• 911 (emergency)
• 601.266.4986 (non-emergency)
• Bond Hall, First Floor West
Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
• 911 (emergency, directed to Long Beach Police Department
• 601.266.4986 (non-emergency)
• 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
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
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
Dean of colleges
Assistant deans of colleges
Chair of departments
Commanding officers of Military Studies
The following individuals are designated as Campus Security Authorities for the Gulf Park campus:
Director of Campus Management
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
Student Activities Coordinator
Associate Vice President Financial Administration
Vice President’s Office
Director of Physical Plant
Assistants to the dean