University of Missouri Police Department

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University of Missouri
Police Department
Common name MU Police
Abbreviation MUPD
Patch of the University of Missouri Police Department.
Agency overview
Formed 1954 (Traffic Safety and Security Department)
1971 (University Police Department)
Employees 34 sworn officers
18 civilian employees [1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Missouri, USA
Legal jurisdiction University of Missouri property (primary)
Boone County (secondary)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 901 Virginia Avenue Columbia, Missouri 65201
Agency executive Jack Watring, Chief of Police
Parent agency University of Missouri
Official website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) is the law enforcement agency of the University of Missouri, a public research university located in Columbia, Missouri and the flagship campus of the University of Missouri System.

The agency’s primary jurisdiction is MU property, which includes the main campus plus other MU-owned or leased facilities, such as Mizzou North (the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center) on Business Loop 70, KOMU-TV on U.S. Route 63, and various MU-operated clinics scattered throughout Columbia.[2][3]

MU police officers also have jurisdiction throughout Boone County (including the city of Columbia) through deputization with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, sharing jurisdiction with the sheriff's department and the Columbia Police Department.[2]

Between three and five officers are on patrol at any given time; on Missouri Tigers football home game days, the entire force must be on duty.[2]


The agency was established as the "Traffic Safety and Security Department" in 1954. It became a 24-hour agency in 1964[4] and began sending officers to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Basic Police Academy during the Vietnam War.[2] It became the University of Missouri Police Department in September 1971.[4]

The agency has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2001.[5][6]

Reports from the MU Police Department, along with the Columbia Police Department, were featured as part of two 2014 ESPN Outside the Lines investigations that focused on errors in how the university handled sexual assault cases.[7][8]


Department units

MUPD operates the following department units:[9]

  • Accreditation
  • Patrol
  • Purchasing
  • Payroll and Personnel
  • Communications
  • Records
  • Security Service
  • Campus Safety Officers
  • Investigations
  • Lost and Found
  • Crime Prevention

Commissioned/sworn positions

MUPD uses the following ranks:[1]

Title Insignia
Chief of Police
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Police Officer
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MUPD Ford Police Interceptor Sedan on College Avenue.

The department's vehicle fleet consists of Ford vehicles, mainly the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility (based on the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, respectively) and a few older Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles.[10] MUPD also uses bicycles to patrol the main campus.[2]

MU police officers are armed with Smith & Wesson M&P 9 handguns.[2]

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