Public Safety
Statement of Purpose

Our Purpose is to serve and protect the students, faculty, staff and visitors of Ferris State University. To further the academic pursuits of FSU in two ways: actually keeping people and property safe and in helping to create an environment where people feel completely safe.

Ferris State University Traffic Safety Teamtext to tip

  • Emergencies:
    Dial 911
  • Non-Emergency Contact:
    (231) 591-5000
  • Campus Crime Hotline:
    (231) 591-5900

Message from Director Bruce W. Borkovich

As I reflect on my first few months as the new Director of Public Safety at Ferris State University, it would be easy to be overwhelmed at the daunting task that I have as the Director to protect the campus community. Fortunately, the immensity of this task is shared by the dedicated, highly trained, professional police officers, command staff, administrative staff, dispatchers, and student employees who help to meet the purpose of the Department of Public Safety: TO SERVE AND PROTECT THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND VISITORS OF FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY; TO FURTHER THE ACADEMIC PURSUITS OF FSU BY KEEPING PEOPLE AND PROPERTY SAFE AND HELPING TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE AT FERRIS FEEL SAFE.

An evolution has occurred in all of law enforcement, and in particular campus law enforcement, which has helped to develop and emphasize how important partnerships are to any department that has public safety responsibilities. Our partners here at the Department of Public Safety include the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department, and the Michigan State Police. Police departments understand that they can no longer protect their community alone, and in general, the Big Rapids community views their relationship with the police as partners, rather than adversaries.

Perhaps our most important partners are the students, faculty, and staff at Ferris. The police officers and staff at the Department of Public Safety continuously build relationships and develop partnerships with the community that they serve. The development of this concept of community policing will continue to help us provide a safe environment at Ferris. This concept depends on these partners to help develop strategies to keep everyone safe.

As recent history has demonstrated, serious crime or catastrophic events can hit any school community. From elementary schools to universities, violent acts of domestic terrorism or mentally ill individuals have and will continue to occur. We will never quit training, preparing, building partnerships, or be satisfied with our efforts to keep the Ferris community safe.

The Department of Public Safety has been the leader in facilitating 'tabletop exercises' at Ferris. A tabletop exercise is a training exercise creating an artificial disaster or emergency on campus, which then requires appropriate departments on campus to develop a response to providing the safest atmosphere possible during the incident, and the best possible recovery to maintain the educational and operational processes of the university.

Summer is the time that our police officers are able to maintain their professional development, and the officers have participated in several progressive training programs, which includes two sergeants attending an intense, two week crime scene investigation school. When this school is completed, all three sergeants will be certified crime scene technicians, who will be able to professionally process virtually any crime scene.

The Department of Public Safety officers and staff are dedicated to ensuring that the university core values- Collaboration, Diversity, Ethical Community, Excellence, Learning, and Opportunity are supported and these values provide the framework for the police department's efforts to maintain a safe environment.

Annual Report 2012