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Patrol Division

The Fitchburg State University Police Department’s Patrol Division consists of the sworn uniformed members of the department. The Patrol Division is the most visible part of the Department. Officers within the Patrol Division respond to emergency calls, take police reports, investigate crimes, and are authorized to enforce the rules and regulations of the University as well as make arrests and conduct searches. The Patrol Officers also take part in community-policing events throughout the year as well as in several university programs and events.

The Fitchburg State University Police Department utilizes several methods, beyond the traditional police cruiser, to more efficiently patrol campus.

Bicycle:

​The Fitchburg State University Police Department has several Mt. Bike for its use by patrol officers. As with any other piece of police equipment the officers must be trained in its use. Bike patrol officers must pass a State Certified police program such as COBWEB (cops on bikes with education for bicyclists), that leads to certification as a member of a bike patrol squad. Patrolling on a bike gives the officer a great deal of mobility and enables the officer to quickly and efficiently patrol and respond to areas of campus that are inaccessible to patrol vehicles but too large for traditional foot patrols. The added advantages of the Mountain Bike is it allows for greater interaction between the officers and the community and sets a role model to younger children on the importance of bicycle safety.

Foot Patrol:

The Fitchburg State University Police Department also utilizes foot patrol either as a stand-alone patrol or part of a cruiser officer’s shift. Officers can be seen out walking and interacting with the University Community. This allows for both as a visible crime deterrent as well as a way for officers to know more of what is happening in and around the university community.