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 residence 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.
Assigned Residence Halls Bond Detective Sergeant Jacobs
Sergeant Hepler North Officer Nelson
Officer Chamberlain Ward
Officer Humphreys Clark
Officer Lockhart East Campus Suites Officer Los West Campus Apartments Officer Greenway
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.
FSU DPS has a close working relationship with other area law enforcement agencies to include:
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
- Basic First Aid and CPR
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminal Law
- Crowd Control
- Defensive Driving
- Defensive Tactics
- Firearms Training
- Hazardous Materials
- Rape Aggression Defense
- Sexual Assault Investigation