The LSU Police Department (LSU PD) traces its lineage back to 1938 when Charles R. Anderson was hired as a night watchman. On June 17, 1942, Mr. Anderson was appointed the Chief Watchman and continued to serve as Chief until retirement in July 1973. In 1968, the Louisiana legislature granted police officer status to University Security Officers; The official name of the Department was changed to Louisiana State University Police.
LSU PD is organized as a traditional police department and officers are commissioned with statewide arrest authority per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1805 . All officers receive training that exceeds State standards and provides services 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. LSU PD prides itself on being progressive and maintaining open communication with our community.
Three functional Divisions exist at LSU PD. The Administrative Division consists of command level officers that are responsible for the direction and control of all LSU police officers that fall under their respective area of responsibility. The command staff of LSU PD is responsible for the planning and daily operation of the Administration, Special Services and Uniform Patrol units within the department. The Administrative Division also includes the Criminal Investigative Unit, Detectives who are responsible for investigations. This Division reports directly to the Chief of Police.
The Special Services Division is comprised of LSU police officers whose responsibilities are crime prevention at specific LSU facilities and operational support functions including Communications, Records, Evidence, Training and Fleet Maintenance, etc. These units provide vital support for all officers of the LSU Police Department including maintenance of a full-service firing range and interdepartment training services.
The Uniform Patrol Division has the responsibility for the protection of life and property 24 hours a day. Uniform Patrol Officers utilize a variety of resources for deterrence and response, including traditional police motor vehicles, motorcycles, mountain bicycles, K-9s, etc. These officers provide direct emergency and non-emergency assistance to the many students, staff, faculty and visitors to our community.
In addition to these units and divisions officers also perform a variety of voluntary responsibilities, including participation with various team based response groups. One such group, the Special Response Team (SRT), is compromised of officers from the Uniform Patrol Division. SRT members are selected and participate in routine readiness training and exercises which equip them with special weapons, tactics and capabilities.