FAQ

Are you “real” police officers?

Yes. All members of the Campus Police Department are state certified police officers, receiving their authority via the provision of Florida Statute 1012.97. We are vested with the same authority as the members of local police departments. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How do I report an emergency or a crime?

Contact the police department by dialing (941) 487-4210 or from any blue emergency phone. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 from any phone.

Once connected, please:

  • State the nature of the emergency or your call
  • Clearly identify yourself
  • Give your exact location
  • Describe any suspects as accurately as possible

What do I do if I see a suspicious person or incident?

Call the police. Describe what you have seen so that we may decide the proper course of action to be taken. If you are unsure, do not be afraid to call. If you wish, you may remain anonymous.

I have locked myself out of my car or my battery is dead. Can you help me?

Yes. Call (941) 487-4210 or use one of the blue emergency phones to get assistance. An officer will be by as soon as one is available.

Do you offer fingerprinting?

Fingerprinting services are offered to USFSM students, faculty and staff. Please call to set up an appointment. You must bring a driver’s license, passport, or current photo ID, and your own fingerprint card. This service is performed free of charge.

Can I buy a parking permit from Campus Police?

No. Parking Services handles all permit purchases, replacements, payments for citations, and appeals. Please see their website.

How do I register my bicycle?

Campus Police handles all bicycle registration. To register your bicycle, please bring the serial number of the bicycle, as well as a make, model, and description to Campus Police. If your bicycle becomes lost or stolen, having registered it through Campus Police will aid in its recovery and return. By registering your bicycle, you are automatically entered into the Bicycle Anti-Theft (BAT) Program.

What do I do if I have lost or found an item?

All found items should be turned into the police as soon as possible. You may call or come into the Campus Police office to inquire about all lost items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.