Communications: The police communications center is the focal point of activity. The center operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is often the first point of contact the public has with the police department. The center is equipped with a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, 800 MHz radio system, Macom radio system, Motor Bridge statewide radio system, Enhanced 911 Emergency system, Telephone for the Hearing Impaired (TTY) system, Emergency Blue Light system, Simplex Alarm system, Closed Circuit Television system, Marathon Advanced DVD Recorder, BlackBoardConnect Notification Emergency Alert System, Federal Emergency Notification system and an Elaborate Telephone system.
Records: The Records Management Unit is the central repository for official police reports and documents. These reports include offense, field interviews, trespass warnings, and traffic crashes. This unit is also responsible for processing uniform traffic citations. Requests for police reports can be made in person, via fax 850-561-2615, and by phone 850-599-8522.
Property and Evidence: It is the responsibility of the Property and Evidence Unit to receive, log, maintain, distribute and have readily available all property and evidence impounded. This unit ensures the accurate inventory of all items until they are returned to the appropriate owners, or disposed of according to departmental policy and Florida State Statutes.
Crime Prevention: The Department of Public Safety offers an array of services and programs that transform students, staff and law enforcement into a circle of safety. Crime prevention seminars and security briefings are conducted throughout the year by the Crime Prevention Unit.
Training: Officers of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have satisfied the educational requirements through the Basic Recruit Training Program for initial law enforcement state certification. Currently, 770 classroom hours are mandated to meet this requirement. Every four years, law enforcement officers must undergo mandatory training in order to maintain their certification. Annually, officers in the FAMU DPS receive approximately 55 hours of in-service training throughout the year, that include but is not limited to, firearms qualification standards, defensive tactics, first aid, incident shooter, personal protection equipment familiarization, and automatic defibrillator equipment. Additionally, officers have completed the required “National Incident Management System” (NIMS) training.