The Patrol Division of the University of Missouri Police consists of approximately 22 sworn, professional police personnel dedicated to maintaining a positive
educational environment for the university community.
The patrol division operates with a pro-active problem solving philosophy. Community contact is frequent, with focus on increasing communication. This leads
to greater crime prevention efforts and determining community needs. Crime analysis and patrol officer guidance is used to confront current and anticipated
criminal activity. Patrol officers provide response to crimes in progress, calls for service, engage in traffic enforcement activities, and investigate traffic crashes
and conduct criminal investigations.
Each police officer working in the Patrol Division has been assigned to one of three shifts. Each shift is a team lead by a designated Sergeant/Shift Commander.
The Sergeants report to the Operations Commander, a Major.
Patrol shift hours are as follows:
First Shift: 7:00 a.m. to
Second Shift: 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Third Shift: 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Who are the
MU Police officers are sworn officers with full powers of arrest provided to them by Missouri
Revised Statutes. Police officers in the Patrol Division work 24
hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire year providing essential services. They respond to calls for law enforcement and general service, take
reports of criminal incidents, respond to fire and intrusion alarms, assist in medical emergencies and handle traffic accidents.
Police personnel enforce the state and local criminal laws, University policies, rules and regulations. In addition, police officers assigned to the Patrol Division
work the campus social events and home athletic activities, and participate in the crime prevention and community oriented policing programs.
The campus is patrolled by a variety of methods including marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, bicycle patrol and foot patrol.
University police officers have jurisdiction on property the University owns leases or otherwise controls, and includes the city streets that run through and are
adjacent to the campus properties. Additionally, the City of Columbia and Boone County commission all police officers.
Police personnel in the Patrol Division receive Basic Police Academy in compliance with Missouri State Statute for certified peace officers and continuous
training in compliance with police officer standards and training. In addition to formal training provided on an annual basis, officers receive annual training in the
areas of firearms and weapons proficiency, first-aid and CPR, search and seizure, use of radar, cultural diversity, drug/substance awareness and many other