Uniform Patrol primarily utilizes a Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P) concept. The C.O.P. concept provides the everyday interactions between officers, students, faculty, staff, and guest of the University with the goal of bringing safety awareness and accessibility to the officers.
During certain periods the department may initiate a Directed Patrol concept. This concept allows the department to concentrate a greater amount of manpower in areas and at certain times where and when additional security is needed. Similarly, and on a larger scale, the FAMU DPS has established a partnership with the Florida State University Police Department, Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and other external agencies. Throughout the capital city law enforcement community, numerous safety campaigns are hosted by all of the agencies. They include: DUI Checkpoints, Seatbelt Safety, Click-It or Ticket, Hands Across the Border, etc. The purpose is to strengthen and provide support for these important campaigns.
Uniform Patrol also provides a School Resource Officer (SRO) and DARE Officer for the FAMU Developmental Research School. The SRO provides informative programming to students and staff of the school as well as assisting in the counseling of students and meeting with their parents when needed. The SRO also provides a police presence during school hours and at special school functions and events during the school year. FAMU DPS also provides a DARE Officer to educate young students on the dangers of drugs.
Special Operations Unit: The Special Operations Unit provides security services for major athletic and university events. Events range from providing security for high profile guests, to providing safety for thousands of homecoming guests attending the annual event. The Special Operations Unit is responsible for the development of the event’s operation security plan. These normally include logistical support, such as lighting and traffic advisory signs; and the contracting of additional outside law enforcement support. The unit also provides for a Special Events Coordinator who serves as the security representative on the university’s Facility Request Committee. All requests are approved or disapproved by the committee members prior to the actual event.
Special Operations provides for the continuous maintenance of the department’s vehicle fleet.
Traffic Unit: The FAMU DPS Traffic Unit consists of Motorcycle Officers and Police Service Technicians (PSTs). These officers enforce traffic and parking regulations through ticket issuance; and through the booting and towing of vehicles. The Motorcycle Officers are a vital entity of the department that provides superior off-road access, which when needed allows for an immediate response to traffic congestion and other emergencies.
The Department of Public Safety currently utilizes immobilization devices (Boots) for the identification of scofflaw violators. Boots are also utilized when a vehicle has been identified for parking out of its assigned locations. The boot removal fee is $55.00, payable by personal check, cashier’s check or money order.
Motorcycle Detail: The Florida A&M University Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Detail utilizes BWM motorcycles to provide specialized functions for the department, University, and local community. In addition to traffic/parking enforcement, some of these functions include escorts of dignitaries, parades, and the detection of illegal activity. The Motorcycle Detail aids the Community Oriented Policing concept by conducting classes on alcohol awareness, safety belt usage, and other traffic related issues to the campus community.
Police Service Technicians: Police Service Technicians (PSTs) are non-sworn personnel assigned to the Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Unit. They are vital in the prevention, and enforcement of traffic/non-criminal related violations.
PSTs have many duties, some of which augment Uniform Patrol, by issuing parking citations, directing traffic, and security for special events. PSTs also provide necessary information in the field to visitors, parents, faculty, and students.The FAMU DPS utilizes sworn uniform patrol officers, who provide 24-hour coverage 365 days a year, for the campus of Florida A&M University. Uniform Patrol Officers conduct initial investigations for criminal and traffic violations to include traffic crashes. These officers also provide additional security checks for campus buildings and the resources within.