The Patrol Bureau is responsible for providing a variety of protective and security services designed for the preservation of life, and personal safety of the University customer and the protection of personal and University property. The bureau works to prevent crime by aggressive community oriented policing and visible patrol methods.
The Patrol division is comprised of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants, and at least ten to fifteen officers for each shift. Officer patrol by:
- Vehicle patrol
- Bike patrol
- Foot patrol
Georgia State University Police Department started the Bike Patrol Unit more than 15 years ago. We have a total of twenty-one officers assigned to the Bike Patrol Unit. Bike patrols by uniform officers enhance community relation and are very popular with members of the University Community. The University Community feels that our officers are more approachable and easier to talk with than officers in vehicles.
A very welcomed and unpredictable advantage of Bike Patrol is that they experience Community Policing in its ideal state. Our officers are able to interact with Bike Patrol Officers from Atlanta Police, MARTA Police, Georgia Building Authority, as well as the Centennial Park Bike Patrol Police.
The Bike program has become one of the best Community Oriented Policing tools being used today. When we started this program we had no idea that it would be this successful.