The uniformed officers of the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety (FSU DPS) are full time police officers licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. These officers have county-wide arrest authority and routinely assist area law enforcement officers with investigations and emergency response. Ferris State University has had a professional police force since 1958 when the department officers took their first oath of office. FSU DPS is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the campus community.
Community policing is a central concept in how the department personnel interact with the campus community. Officers are assigned to resident halls and campus apartments to further enhance the officers’ interaction with students. Officers routinely present programs to the campus community that are designed to enhance safety and security across campus.
Student employees assist the department in several areas by staffing our service dispatch center, working special events, performing foot patrol of the campus during the evening, providing escorts across campus, enforcing parking regulations and assisting with clerical duties.
Our goal is to serve and protect the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University and to further the academic pursuits of FSU in two ways: Keeping people and property safe and in helping to create an environment where people feel completely safe.
Police operations is one of the three areas of responsibility of the department; parking resource management and emergency management make up the other two.
The department has a close working relationship with other area law enforcement agencies to include Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Mecosta County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
Training is Vital
Training is considered a vital part of maintaining a high level of service to the Ferris community. Therefore, officers are regularly trained in the following:
- Active Shooter Response and Prevention
- Crowd Control
- Basic First Aid and CPR
- Defensive Driving
- Criminal Investigation
- Firearms Training
- Hazardous Materials
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Defensive Tactics
- Sexual Assault Investigation
- Criminal Law
- Rape Aggression Defense
Officers also receive additional training related to crime prevention, traffic control and other topics.