Department overview


The University Police Department provides law enforcement services, communication services, crime prevention/education services, traffic/parking services, and support services for campus events and activities. There are 26 staff members in the University Police Department: Director, ten police officers, one investigator, three civilian Community Service Staff, three full-time dispatchers, 4 part-time dispatchers, and two civilian office staff. A crew of 35-40 event staff and Deputies from the Greenville County Sheriff's Department supplement the department by working special events and activities on campus. All Furman University police officers are SCCJA certified and have powers of arrest.

Education and training

Many of our commissioned law enforcement officers have attended college, are attending college, or have college degrees. Officers are often recruited from area law enforcement agencies and come to us with a variety of experience. All officers attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and must attend ongoing advanced training to maintain their certification and meet department standards. Advanced training has included courses at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Secret Service, US Treasury ATF, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Greenville County Sheriff's Department, American Red Cross, South Carolina Campus Law Enforcement Association, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and a variety of advanced specialty programs.

Patrols of campus

It is the responsibility of the University Police Officers to provide law enforcement deterrence and response to violations of state and federal laws and to support physical security programs. The officers provide continuous patrols of university property and facilities to deter acts of crime and to detect and intervene when criminal activity occurs.

Investigation of a crime

 An investigator or officer responds to and follows up on all reported crime. In addition to their patrol services, officers investigate traffic accidents, assist in medical emergencies, provide motorist assistance, enforce campus traffic and parking regulations, and provide support services for many campus activities and events.

General services

The University Police Department provides services in three primary areas:

Law enforcement services

    • 24-hour communications
    • Response to incidents, complaints and calls for service
    • Investigative services
    • Monitor security alarm systems
    • Facility access and card access control systems
    • Enforcement of policies regarding the use of facilities and grounds
    • Traffic accident investigations
    • Emergency medical assistance
    • Shuttle and escort services
    • Central lost and found services for the campus
    • Special services to support campus activities and events
You may need these services to:
    • Report a crime or suspicious activity
    • Report a fire
    • Request emergency medical assistance
    • Report a traffic accident; request traffic accident investigation services
    • Receive assistance with a crime-related problem: harassment, stalking or similar problem
    • Obtain a copy of incident/crime report or traffic accident report
    • Report a security or safety hazard
    • Request access to facilities (often permission is required from facility manager or department head)
    • Make an overnight money deposit for a campus organization
    • Request victim assistance services
    • Obtain assistance with planning a campus activity or event
    • Attempt to locate a lost item
    • Request services from Facilities Services Department after normal work hours
Crime prevention and education resource

    • Orientation presentations to new students/employees and summer program groups.
    • RAD - Women's Self Defense Course - 12-hour course offered to Furman University community women at no cost.
    • Crime Watch Program.
    • Operation I.D. - provides forms to record property descriptions and engravers to mark property.
    • Security assessments of campus facilities and department operations.
    • Security video library - video programs to loan on various campus security topics, personal security, rape and date rape.
    • Crime prevention pamphlets - over 50 different topics available in the University Police office.
    • Monthly crime prevention posters displayed in campus facilities.
    • Community involvement programs - our officers meet weekly with AFS, periodically with RHC, and will meet with any group upon request at anytime. The department has a citizen advisory group consisting of various members of the campus community.
    • Coordination of Alcohol 101 - An interactive CD-ROM learning program on issues involving the use of alcohol. You can check out a CD at the University Police Office,
      University Housing Office, Sports Medicine, the Library, Counseling Office, Student Affairs Office, or the University Health Center.
    • Specialized education programs by request on any topic. If we do not have a knowledgeable source within the university, we will find a person with that expertise to make that presentation.
    • Notary services.
You may need these services to:
    • Request a crime prevention education program, materials, or information
    • To register for the RAD Women's Self Defense Program
    • Find out facts of an incident or resolve a campus rumor
    • Obtain weekly summaries of crime and incidents that occur on campus
    • A source of crime alerts to special incidents
    • To obtain information and assistance regarding an off-campus crime or security problem (i.e. traffic accident, bad check, arrest, information on South Carolina laws, replace a stolen or lost driver's license)
    • Obtain tourist information, brochures, and maps with directions to area attractions and businesses
    • To use notary services at no charge
Traffic and parking services

    • Temporary and medical permits
    • Evening shuttle services; officer escorts
    • Bicycle registration - mandatory and no charge
    • Traffic and parking enforcement
    • Appeal of traffic and parking tickets
    • Coordination for University Traffic Board - the board that hears appeals and develops the traffic and parking regulations and enforcement policies. Interested students who want to be on this Board should see the AFS President, who makes the appointments to the Board.
    • Special services for handicapped and those with temporary medical conditions
    • Motorist assistance: assistance with dead batteries, locksmith referral services
You may need these services to:
    • Register a bicycle
    • Obtain assistance with a special parking problem
    • Claim an impounded bicycle
    • Appeal a traffic or parking ticket
    • Request assistance with a dead battery
    • Request referral services for locksmith services and other vehicle needs
    • Ask questions about the traffic regulations

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