CAMPUS POLICE SERVICES
The Campus Police Department offers several services for the campus community. These are just a few:
Don’t walk alone at night! Campus Police offers vehicle escorts to and from all points on campus. Just pick up a blue emergency phone or call the Campus Police at (941) 487-4210 and an officer will respond to you as soon as possible.
Prescription Drug Take Back Location
Campus Police has a prescription drug disposal container available for the community 24/7/365. Please, no sharps or liquids.
Safe Exchange Zone for Online Transactions
Due to a recent spike in the number of crimes attributed to transactions made on services such as Craig’s List, the Campus Police Department is offering the lobby of the police building for those wishing to make online transactions. The Campus Police Department is located at 501 College Drive, Sarasota, Fla. 34243. Some of those involved in these types of transactions are becoming the victim of armed robbery or assault. The lobby and exterior of the police building are videotaped all of the time. If someone does not agree to go to a police station to complete a transaction, we recommend that you do not go through with the transaction or exchange, as it should definitely be a warning sign.
Campus Police cannot assist or warranty the actual transaction or exchange. This action is to allow for a safe space to complete the transaction. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Police at 941-487-4210.
SAFETY TIPS: ONLINE EXCHANGES
▪ Meet at a public place, including police stations. While some police departments, including Campus Police, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Hillsborough and Manatee Sheriff’s Office advertise that they are safe exchange zones, most departments are open to these types of transactions. Check with your local police department for more information.
▪ Always tell a friend or family member where you are going (an address) and who you are meeting.
▪ Take your charged cell phone with you, so you can call for help if needed.
▪ If possible, don’t go alone.
▪ If someone is coming to your house, have someone there with you.
Vehicle Jump Starts
Campus Police is equipped with a battery charger. If you find yourself on campus and in need of a jump start, pick up the nearest Emergency Blue Phone or call 941-487-4210 and give the dispatcher your name, vehicle description, and location. As soon as a police officer is free, they’ll be happy to assist you. You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability before any action is taken. Without this waiver, a jump start of your vehicle can not be attempted by Campus Police.
Campus Police is equipped with a vehicle unlocking kit. If you find yourself on campus and in need of this service, pick up the nearest Emergency Blue Phone or call 941-487-4210 and give the dispatcher your name, vehicle description, and location. As soon as a police officer is free, they’ll be happy to assist you. You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability before any action is taken. Without this waiver, unlocking of your vehicle can not be attempted by Campus Police.
Note: Power locks and windows make it extremely difficult to unlock a vehicle with the kit. There is a lot of wiring inside the door panel, and thus a greater risk that expensive damage will be done during the unlocking process. Campus Police strongly suggests finding an alternative solution, such as calling roadside assistance or retrieving a spare key, if at all possible.
Campus Police offers notary services from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Please call for an appointment.
Lost and Found
Campus Police houses a campus wide lost and found. As soon as you realize you are missing something, give us a call or stop by. For health reasons, clothing is disposed of immediately.
Campus Police offers laptop registration. By registering your laptop and affixing a USFSM decal, the owner of the laptop is authorizing any officer to stop anyone possessing the laptop to confirm ownership.
Campus Police offers bike registration. By registering your bicycle and affixing a USFSM decal, the owner of the bike is authorizing any officer to stop anyone possessing the bike to confirm ownership.
Lost Key Return Tags
Simply fill out a card with your name and contact information, and we’ll give you a tag to put on your key chain. If you ever lose your keys, the tag instructs anyone who finds them to send them to Campus Police. We will contact you and arrange the return of your keys.
Protect your valuables by engraving them with your driver’s license number. Should something of value ever be stolen, there is a much higher likelihood you will get your belongings back if they are engraved. An engraving device is available at Campus Police free of charge. You can do it yourself or have a police officer assist you. We are not responsible for damaged items due to engraving and may choose not to do the engraving ourselves.