The primary responsibility of The ASU Police Department is to safeguard the lives and property of the faculty staff, students, and visitors. This is accomplished by providing law enforcement services throughout the campus twenty-four hours (24) a day, seven days a week throughout the year.

In an effort to meet the demands of the growing campus, the ASU Police Department patrols the campus, in vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot within their assigned zones. The officers of the department are dispatched via a communications center when a call is received requesting information or assistance. The ASU Police Department conducts safety seminars in all areas of safety on a regular basis. We also welcome requests from any member of the campus for seminars. As you get to know the personnel of the department, you will note that they perform not only law enforcement services; but incorporate campus-orientated services as well. These services include but are not limited to campus escorts, vehicle emergency assistance, and off-campus escorts for emergency treatment.

The ASU Police Department staff includes a Chief, Assistant Chief, Major, Captain, two (2) Lieutenants, five (5) Sergeants, Patrol Officers, Security Officers, Communication Officers/ Dispatchers, a Parking Monitor, and a Departmental Secretary. All officers of the ASU Police Department are state certified police officers.

Authority:

The powers of authority for the ASU Police Department are assigned from the Georgia Code Annotated, section 32-168:

Authority of ASU Police and other security personnel to make arrest on campus property and property within 500 yards thereof. The ASU Police Department personnel of the University System of Georgia, who are regular employees of the University System of Georgia, shall have the power to make arrest for offenses committed upon any property under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. (Acts 1968.p.370; 1974, p.611)

Jurisdiction:

Georgia law provides University and campus police arrest powers for offenses committed on university Systems Property and includes jurisdiction over offenses committed on any public or private property within 500 yards of any property under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The law enforcement efforts of the Albany State University Police will be generally be confined to properties of ASU. Jurisdictional authority for property within 500 yards of any property under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System will be utilized only at the request of other agencies having original jurisdiction, or in a situation jeopardizing the life and property safety, or in other emergency situations.

Outside Agency Cooperation:

The ASU Police Department works closely with its sister agencies, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (G.B.I.) and the Georgia State Patrol (G.S.P.). The department also works closely with local law enforcement and federal agencies: the City of Albany Police Department, The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s office, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and United States Secret Service, and other State College/University Law Enforcement Agencies.

The organizations’ websites can provide you with more information regarding resources for training and up to date changes in Georgia Law Enforcement that help to keep our department on the cutting edge.  Feel free to visit these sites and gain more information about what we do.  As always, we welcome questions, concerns, comments and compliments.  Visit our Contact Us page to email us at any time.

Officers Training:

The officers of The ASU Police Department come to the department with varied backgrounds, not only in law enforcement but military experience as well. The majority of the departmental personnel are college graduates holding academic degrees in areas of Management, Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Education. Several officers are currently enrolled at ASU.

All members of The ASU Police Department attend specialized training beyond the state-mandated requirements for their continued certification. These areas of training include but are not limited to campus law enforcement training, community-oriented policing, criminal investigation, crime prevention, bicycle patrol, first aid and C.P.R, cultural diversity and emergency management training.