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University Police

Welcome to the McNeese State University Police Department!

Contact Information

University Police Address:   4314 Ryan Street
Physical Address                 Lake Charles, LA  70605
(Open 24 hours-a-day)

University Police:                 Box 90540
Mailing Address                  Lake Charles, LA  70609

University Police Dispatch:  337-475-5711
University Police Fax:          337-475-5713

Robert Spinks, Chief of Police
Mike Powell, Police Lieutenant

John Marcantel - Sergeant
Radford Jones - Sergeant
Robert Gates - Sergeant 
Wei Lin - Sergeant          

Alicia Marcantel - Parking & Security for Special Events
Amanda Peloquin - Parking Complaints & Permits

Chief Spinks

See It, Hear It, Report It

Public safety is everyone's responsibility.

Welcome to the University Police website! Our mission is to provide a safe environment on campus for all persons and facilities affiliated with McNeese State University in order to facilitate the University's mission of education, research and public service. The police department is conveniently located at 4314 Ryan Street along the western border of the campus, and operates 24-hours every day throughout the entire year.

Chief's Message

Welcome to the McNeese State University Police Department.

The safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors are a priority here at McNeese State University. Last year in addition to nearly 10,000 students, staff and faculty, the University Police partnered to make over 378,000 visitors and guests safe ans secure on campus.

On behalf of the men and women of the McNeese State University Police Department (MSU-PD), it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Web site. Here you can learn about our services, pick up crime prevention information and find ways that you can help foster and maintain an environment that supports everyone's well-being. Although no campus is free from crime, we are committed to partnering with you to create a safe place to live, work, study and visit.  A truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

McNeese State is a regional state university serving SW Louisiana. Located in the 5th largest city in Louisiana, Lake Charles is also home to the 11th largest Port in America with a dynamic and growing local economy. McNeese State educates the next generation of engineers, nurses, teachers, criminal justice professionals and has a strong fine arts program.
  • McNeese State University is the highest ranked Louisiana regional public university in the South in two categories according to the 2013 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report that was released Wednesday. There are 625 institutions nationwide in the regional category.
  • In the Best Regional Universities-South category, McNeese was the second highest rated Louisiana university in the Tier One list, with only Loyola University in New Orleans, a private institution, ranked higher.
  • U.S. News ranked McNeese in a tie for 43rd place in the Top Public Schools-Regional South category in the Tier One list. The only other Louisiana universities that placed in the top 49 in this category were the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Nicholls State University.
  • McNeese also tied for 151st place in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category for an ABET-accredited program where a doctorate was not offered. U.S. News rankings of undergraduate engineering programs are based on a peer assessment survey and are divided into two groups of institutions based on the highest degree offered. Ranked programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

The MSU-PD seeks to reflect the diversity, talent and dedication of our students, faculty and staff in the men and women of the MSU-PD. As a full-service law enforcement agency, we are here 24 hours-a-day throughout the year with our dispatch center and police officers. By collaborating with you and all of our other partners across the campus and across the region, we address quality of life issues along with criminal activity. We look forward to continued collaboration with you throughout the year. I hope you find the information on our Web site to be helpful as you continue to live, work and study at McNeese State University.

Robert Spinks, MA, MS
Chief of Police

Police Department Facts

McNeese State University represents a campus community of more than 8,600 students plus a faculty and staff of nearly 550 and covers more than 200 acres. The McNeese Police Department has primary jurisdictional responsibility for 2,290 acres including the main campus of 121 acres, the McNeese Farm of 504 acres, the Sports Complex of 65 acres, and over 1,600 acres of land that is used for ranching, farming and research. The main campus has over 68 buildings and residence halls which can be home to nearly 1,000 resident students. These 2,290 acres equal 3.578 square miles, given that not all of the land and facilities are located in a central plot of land, the police department travels approximately 20,000 miles a year using a fleet of 7 vehicles, all of which are old (nearing 10 years old with over 100,000 miles) and facing increasing maintenance costs to maintain operational readiness.

The main campus is bordered by the main arterial streets of Ryan, Common and McNeese Streets and is located in an urban setting in Lake Charles, LA which is the 5th largest city in the State. As the campus continues to grow to meet the cultural and academic needs of a diverse student body, the University Police Department, is responding to the demands and responsibilities that accompany the University's growth.
The safety of the student body, as well as faculty, staff and visitors is of primary importance to the University and the University Police Department. The University Police Department works year–round in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to provide a safe and secure environment for the residents of this "city within a city."

The University Police 

In its continuous effort to provide the best security and safety measures possible, the University Police Department provides a variety of law enforcement services and functions for the campus and surrounding areas. An active, regular police presence is established with 24-hour patrol protection for the main campus, parking lots, and residence halls. The University Police Department also provides regular patrol on streets throughout the University campus and all areas adjacent to the campus. This includes making joint responses with the Lake Charles Police and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office as needed to fraternity houses located near the main campus.

All MSU-PDM police officers are highly trained law enforcement personnel and are commissioned by the State of Louisiana, Department of Public Safety (Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1805). University Police Officers have full law enforcement powers, authority, and responsibilities identical to the local police or parish sheriff. Each officer must successfully complete the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) course.
MSU-PD law enforcement officers have the right to carry a concealed weapon and to exercise the power of arrest when discharging their duties while in or out of uniform. Inthe  discharge of their duties on campus, police officers may exercise the power of arrest. University Police officers have the authority to discharge their duties off campus if engaging in intelligence gathering activity, investigating a crime committed on campus, or if specifically requested by the chief law enforcement officer of the parish or city.

University Police Officers are responsible for a full range of police/law enforcement services including but not limited to responding to incidents, offense report writing, investigations, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws involving under age drinking, the use of controlled dangerous substances, weapons, and all other incidents requiring police assistance. 

When necessary, crime information involving serious incidents is shared with the Lake Charles Polcie Department, Calcasieu Parrish Sheriffs Office, State Police and other law enforcement agencies. The serial numbers of all vehicles, office equipment, and personal property stolen from the MSU campus are reported through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play an active role in campus safety by reporting any potential criminal actions and emergencies to the University Police Department. The University Police Department's telephone number is 337-475-5711. Emergency calls can be made from all campus extensions by calling 9-1-1. By dialing 9-1-1 from any cell phone, you can ask the dispatcher for the McNeese State University Police to report any emergency on the campus.

Police officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services, including crime reports, investigations, medical emergencies, fire emergencies, hazardous waste emergencies, traffic accidents, parking violations, enforcement of laws regulating consumption of alcoholic beverages, and the use of controlled substances, weapons and all other incident requiring police assistance.

University Police officers compile information, prepare reports and submit incident/arrest reports to the Calcasieu Parrish District Attorney's Office. The department shares information on arrest and serious crimes with Lake Charles City Police, Ward 3 Marshal's Office, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department, the Louisiana State Police, and other law enforcement agencies. Computer checks of warrants for wanted person can be conducted through computer link-up with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety. The terminal provides access to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) which accesses the computer files of all Criminal Justice systems.

A University Police Investigator is available or on-call to conduct criminal investigations, crime prevention surveys and provide personal protection tips.

Safety Policies

The university makes every effort to ensure that the campus facilities, buildings, and grounds are designed and maintained in such a way as to promote safety and reduce criminal opportunity. Particular attention is paid to the design of landscaping and exterior lighting.

Use of University Facilities

With the exception of events that are open to the general public and advertised as such, the university's facilities and programs are generally reserved for accomplishing the objectives and programs of the university. Visitors and non-university affiliated groups seeking to utilize university facilities are expected to make prior arrangements with the appropriate university office. Authorization to use MSU facilities is determined by university regulations then in effect. Visitors and guests to MSU residence halls must be registered by their hosts while in the residence halls.

Residence Halls

Procedures to ensure safety within residence halls include 24-hour-a-day staffed desks in each building or complex. Women's residence halls have limited access through main doors only. Procedures for guest visitation are established by the residents of each building in accordance with MSU residence hall guidelines. Residence halls are equipped with fire safety equipment that includes smoke detectors and/or heat sensors that activate the central fire alarm system. In residence halls, emergency exits are equipped with alarms that sound whenever opened. Residence hall staffs are trained to maintain security and to summon police, fire, medical, and maintenance assistance when needed. Criminal activity observed within or in the vicinity of buildings is reported to the MSU Police Department. Firearms, explosives, fireworks, or other hazardous materials are not permitted in or around residence halls or university apartments.

Academic and Administrative Buildings

Academic and administrative buildings are secured by university personnel. Hours of security may vary from building to building, depending on use. Like the residence halls, these buildings are equipped with fire safety equipment that includes smoke detectors and/or heat sensors that activate the central fire alarm system.

McNeese State University Police Mission Statement

The McNeese State University Police Department provides professional public safety services to the university community to protect life and property. We foster and maintain an environment that supports the well-being of our students, staff, faculty and visitors by forming partnerships to enhance the quality of life and the learning environment for all community members.
We are law enforcement professional, sensitive to the needs and expectations of the individual and dedicated to serving our growing university community.
We are evolving to meet the changing needs of our university community, while maintaining our commitment to excellence in the highest traditions of the police service.
The Department espouses certain individual and organizational principles or VALUES that guide how we provide our service and direct the manner in which we treat each other and the community.
WE ARE DEDICATED: To do the right thing, for the right reasons.
WE ARE PROFESSIONAL: We are well-trained, competent employees and volunteers who demonstrate the highest level of performance and teamwork. We are bound by the highest standards of accountability and ethical conduct.
WE ARE FAIR: We treat members of our Department and community equitably and are consistent in protecting the constitutional rights of all.