Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the hiring process generally take?
Approximately 4-6 months. The timeframe depends on several factors, to include availability of background investigators, number of candidates within the same hiring process and expected starting date.
Does the Michigan State University Police Department have a policy on tattoos?
Our current policy regarding tattoos is as follows:
- Sworn Personnel may not appear while at work with any visible tattoos, branding or other forms of body art on the neck, head or face.
- Sworn Personnel may not appear while at work with any visible tattoos, branding or other forms of body art. Personnel must ensure that any such tattoos, branding or other forms of body art are either covered by clothing (consistent with the uniform requirements) or by some other means, such as flesh-toned bandaging or flesh-toned cosmetics.
How many sworn officers work for the Michigan State University Police Department?
Currently we have over 80 sworn police officers.
Is it possible to do a ride along with a Michigan State University police officer?
Yes. Send an email to Captain Kelly Roudebush to schedule a ride along.
What are the possible career paths and special assignments as a Michigan State University police officer?
Please see our Advancement page.
Is there a requirement to live within X miles of Michigan State University’s campus?
No. There currently is not a requirement for our police officers to live within a certain radius from the department.
What will happen if I omit important information or am found to be deceptive in the hiring process regarding my background history?
Honesty and integrity are important values found in a police officer. If you are found omitting important information or being deceptive, you will be permanently disqualified from the hiring process. You must successfully complete a background investigation and polygraph in order to continue in the hiring process.
Does the Michigan State University Police Department have a jail?
Not exactly. The MSU Police Department has a holding facility typically used for MIPs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the school year. All other lodgeable arrests will be housed at the Ingham County Jail located at 630 North Cedar Rd in Mason, MI.
What other police departments does MSUPD typically work with?
The MSU Police Department serves in the Ingham County area along with Meridian Township Police Department, East Lansing Police Department, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Lansing Police Department, and Lansing Township Police Department.
What would my schedule be like working on road patrol?
Officers work cycles on either day shift or night shift for 12 hours per shift. Cycles are bid for a year ahead of time every Fall. Cycles can be traded with another officer in a “one-for-one” trade with Patrol Captain approval. Day shift consists of 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and night shift consists of 6 p.m.-6 a.m.
As a new officer, when would I become eligible to put in for special assignments?
Officers are allowed to put in for special assignments once the probationary period of their employment has finished. This typically is a 12-month period but can be extended to up to 18 months.
What is the pay schedule for the Michigan State University Police Department?
Employees of the MSU Police Department are paid monthly.