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SPSU Police Department

Physical Address: Norton Residence Hall Ground Floor (Building R2)

Mailing Address: 1100 South Marietta Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (678) 915-5555

Fax: (678) 915-4965

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Department Position Responsibilities


Uniformed Patrol

  The Uniformed Patrol Division is the most highly visible component of the SPSU Police Department.  Protecting the campus and its community twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the Uniformed Patrol Division represents the majority of the SPSU Police Department's staffing.

 SPSU Police Officers respond to various calls of service including:

-- Crimes in progress

-- Complaints of criminal occurrences

-- Suspicious circumstances or person(s) on campus

-- Incidents of fire

-- Injuries, illnesses, or other instances requiring medical aid

-- Traffic accidents

-- Fire, security, burglary, and life safety alarms

-- Loud party or noise complaints

-- Underage consumption of alcohol violations

-- Illegal weapons possession within a school safety zone

The SPSU Police Uniformed Patrol Division responded to 4,988 calls for service in 2010.

Captain for Support Services

SPSU and the campus community requires various support services from the SPSU Police Department.  The Captain/Support Services oversees all support service efforts.

Some of these responsibilities include:

-- Managing all department records

-- Managing federal compliance issues in the areas of Uniform Crime Reporting Act and Jeanne Clery Campus Crime, Higher Education Opportunity Act, and Statistics Reporting Act

-- Managing state compliance issues regarding Georgia Crime Information Center and serve as the department's Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC)

-- Tracking budgetary resources and expenditures of the department

-- Managing all criminal investigations

-- Managing all department annual training requirements

-- Acting as department equipment custodian, to include fleet management

-- Serving as alarm/ access/ computer system administrator

-- Liaison for all vendors of SPSU alarms/ access/ surveillance systems

-- Overseeing and managing all SPSU electronic surveillance systems

-- Acting as department procurement officer

-- Liaison for all vendors of departmental equipment requiring service

-- Overseeing and managing all department key inventories

-- Managing department personnel performance by implementing quality control assessments

Persons making inquiry to any of the above areas should contact the Captain/Support Services Ashley Richardson directly by phone (678) 915-7358 or email


SPSU Police Investigations is responsible for investigating all incidents that cannot be resolved through a preliminary investigation.  Investigations works closely with the Uniform Patrol Division and other law enforcement agencies to solve all crime reported to the SPSU Police.  Investigations personnel also serve as the primary liaison to the court system for the department.

All case inquiries can be made to Lieutenant/Investigations James Cadenhead by phone (678) 915-4225 or by email

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SPSU Police Communications serves the campus community 24 hours a day all year. The primary responsibility of communications personnel is to dispatch SPSU Police and other emergency personnel to calls of police assistance, fire, rescue, and other emergency medical requests for assistance.

Duties of the SPSU Police communication staff include:

-- Perform front desk duties for SPSU Police Department

-- Answer multiple line phone system

-- Track officer activity using ARMS Computer Aided Dispatch system

-- Monitor multiple radio frequencies

-- Monitor campus fire and burglary alarm systems

-- Monitor Emergency Call Box system

-- Inquire and enter information into National/Georgia Crime Information Center databases

-- Monitor severe weather notification system/general weather conditions

-- Send emergency notification messages to the campus community via Hornet Alert and Emergency Public Address system

-- Monitor campus video recording systems

-- Monitor campus access control systems

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