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About Florida State University Police Department

The Florida State University Police Department is organized into an Operations Division and an Investigations Division and a Support Services Division. According to the Florida State University Police Department, “the Associate Director of the Police Department and is currently in Charge of the Operations Division which includes all Patrol, Traffic, Communications, Security Officers, Event Staff, Special Events and all Policing Functions.”  While the “Assistant Chief for investigations oversees all investigative functions including crimes, Internal Affairs, administrative, and background investigations. Oversee the Support Services Division which includes Crime Prevention, Training, Accreditation, Traffic Safety programs, and the Citizen's Police Academy.”


Around 40 sworn police officers are assigned to the uniformed patrol contingent of the Florida State University Police Department.  Each of the police officers is assigned to one of four squads which is commanded by a sergeant, the four sergeant answer to a single lieutenant in charge of the uniformed patrol division.


According to the department, “the Investigations Section of the Florida State University Police Department conducts criminal and administrative investigations into alleged violations of law or the Student Conduct Code that occur on university property, or within it’s statutory jurisdiction. In cooperation with other local and state agencies, the FSUPD also has authority to conduct investigations in other areas of Leon County, and beyond, when the need arises. The Investigations Section routinely works with the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and various other state and federal agencies. The Section also works closely with the Office of the Victim Advocate, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, and the Office of Audit Services. Additionally, the Section conducts pre-employment background investigations on police officer candidates, and provides protection to visiting dignitaries and controversial public figures.”




Selected book by a Florida State University Police Department police officer.

Police in a Multicultural Society : An American Story
David E. Barlow  More Info

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