Crime Prevention Services

The following are a list of Crime Prevention Unit services available at Southern Miss:

Fingerprinting Services

University Police provides fingerprinting services to USM Students, Faculty and Staff needing fingerprints for employment and background checks. You must provide your own fingerprint card and bring valid photo identification prior to having prints taken. This service is by appointment only Monday – Thursday, 9am - 4pm excluding holidays. A $20.00 fee is charged. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 601-266-4986.

Motorist Assistance

Jump-starts and vehicle lockouts are performed by the USM Police Department to assist members of the Southern Miss community.

Escort Service

The University of Southern Mississippi has partnered with the City of Hattiesburg's Hub City Transit to provide convenient and safe transportation on the University's Hattiesburg campus, as well as connect to the city's existing network of transit routes. Hub City Transit's "Gold Route" includes 14 stops on campus, two of which offer opportunities to transfer to the city's existing transit system. Location of the stops can be found at Buses operate Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., while the University Police Department (UPD) remains on call to transport students to any location on the Hattiesburg campus on evenings and weeekends, or in safety or emergency situations.

Emergency Telephones

The UPD has strategically placed 70 code blue phones throughout the Hattiesburg campus and 7 on the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.There are three at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Cedar Point location and one at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Halstead location in Ocean Springs. Take a few minutes to locate and identify code blue phones where you park, work, walk, or play at (Hattiesburg campus) or (Gulf Park campus) and (Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Halstead site).

If you have an emergency, simply press the red button, once activated these phones will directly dial into the UPD dispatch office where a patrol unit will be dispatched for assistance.

Campus Security Officers (Night Security)

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department is responsible for the security of the residence halls. The Campus Security Officer's (CSOs), force consists of eight (13) full-time non-sworn employees. The CSOs work from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., every night.

CSOs are assigned to a residence hall area with the responsibility of providing services for that hall. In addition to monitoring the residence halls they provide security to the parking lots in their area. CSOs assist in the enforcement of all residence halls policies as well as university policy. Some of their specific duties include seeing that the visitation policy is adhered to, checking of all doors to see that they are in proper working order and secured, walk through of residence halls in the assigned area, and enforcement of parking rules and regulations on violations that impact emergency access to residence halls. They also assist with campus escorts in their area of responsibility.

Lost and Found Property

Lost and found property turned into The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department is stored for at least 90 days, then transferred to The University of Southern Mississippi Property Accountability for the yearly public auction. Items are periodically posted in the Student Printz

Crime Victims' Rights

For more information about the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, visit the Mississippi Attorney General Office's site.