Your Campus Police Department
The Campus Police Department is located in the Facilities Management/Campus Police Building at 4804 Patriot Drive. You can reach us at (843) 661 - 1109 or 1109 from a campus extension.
FMU provides full-service police protection to the campus community through the Campus Police Department, a fully independent law enforcement agency reporting to the Vice President for Business Affairs. Our officers are University employees and certified State Constables. Campus Police have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. If minor offenses involving university rules and regulations are committed by a university student, the campus police may also refer the individual to Student Affairs for disciplinary action. The office of Student Affairs ensures that safety/security policies are uniformly executed and conveyed in a clear and consistent manner to the student body. Reports involving major offenses are shared with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Florence County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and joint investigations may occur. The prosecution of criminal offenses, felony or misdemeanor, are conducted at Magistrate, General Sessions or Federal Court in Florence County.
Our duties and limitations are the same as your local police department or Sheriff's office. Currently staffing consists of a Chief, a Captain/Assistant Chief, a Lieutenant/Investigator, two Sergeants, seven Police Officers and four part-time student clerk/dispatchers. We are not affiliated with any other police force although we do work closely with other agencies. The Department enforces federal and state statutes as well as Francis Marion University regulations. Persons arrested on campus are transported to the County Law Enforcement Detention Center in Effingham, SC All on campus cases are investigated and prosecuted by the Campus Police in the appropriate court. Violations of the SC Motor Vehicle Code are normally prosecuted in the Florence County Magistrate's Court.
By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, FMU PD maintains a read only computer terminal. Through this system police personnel can access the National Crime Information Center computer system as well as South Carolina Crime Information databases. These databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information along with other local, state and federal law enforcement information. Campus police have direct radio communication with local law enforcement agencies over the FCSO communications network. The university is also part of the Florence County E-911 enhanced emergency system.
The Department maintains a close working relationship with all law enforcement agencies and related units of the judicial system. The Department prepares and submits incident reports to a nation wide Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system, to which all law enforcement departments in the state have access. Regular meetings are held with other agencies where crime related reports and statistics are exchanged.
To report a crime or emergency notify Campus Police at (843) 661-1109 from off campus, extension 1109 on campus or anonymously via e-mail through our "Silent Witness" Program. You may also dial 911. All campus telephone extensions are listed with the County Dispatch Center as part of the enhanced E-911 system. The Campus Police Department maintains direct radio contact with the Florence Sheriff's Department Central Dispatch Center, ensuring access to Windy Hill Fire Department and Florence County Emergency Medical Services. Since the University is located within Florence County, the Sheriff's department also has full law enforcement powers on campus.
Officers patrol campus in police vehicles, on bicycles and on foot. Housing Resident Assistants patrol the apartments and resident halls during evenings, weekends, and holidays, and have radio contact with Campus Police. The RA’s and all community members are encouraged to report any suspicious persons and/or criminal activity.
The Campus Police Department also provides support services tailored to meet the needs of the University community in the following ways:
Provide temporary on campus vehicle parking registration.
Provide personal property and bicycle registration.
Assist on campus motorists with minor vehicle problems
Test and maintain all portable fire prevention equipment and alarms.
Provide crime prevention lectures and seminars.
Maintain the university's Lost and Found Department.