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Community Policing

The Miami University Police Department has a number of Community Oriented Policing (COP) programs in place for the benefit of the University community. Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

Community Policing Key Components

Community Policing is comprised of three key components:

Community Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.

Organizational Transformation

The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem-solving.

Problem Solving

The process of engaging in the proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and rigorously evaluate effective responses

Learn more about Safety Programs.

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Bike Patrol

The university's police department emphasizes community policing and the bike patrol is aimed at encouraging communication with students and will allow officers to be more mobile in patrolling areas on Miami's 1,900-acre campus that a patrol car cannot.

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K-9 Unit

The police working dog is used as an investigative tool to enhance the capabilities of the police officer. Due to their enhanced olfactory capabilities, the police canine can assist officers in locating suspects that flee or hide evidence that may help in the investigation of a crime. 

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Student Advisory Board

The purpose of the board is to advise university police about matters relating to community policing and other pertinent issues involving police-student relations. Students are encouraged to communicate with advisory board members about issues.

If you are interested in being a student representative, please complete the Student Advisory Board Application.

Questions may be directed to Sgt. Tobergte at

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Miami University Police Department participates in the joint Miami-Fairfield-Hamilton Police SWAT team. The joint SWAT team may utilize the facilities and buildings on the Oxford Campus for training exercises.

Community Relations Team (CRT)

The Community Relations Team is made up of officers who act as liaisons to the University community. Each residence hall and several other campus groups have liaisons assigned to them. Liaisons provide a point of contact within the Miami University Police and are also available to give presentations on a variety of topics from crime prevention to personal safety and alcohol.

District 1 Leader: Sgt. Scott Smith

  • Sgt. Charles Howard and Ptl. Darrell Byrd assigned Hahne Hall, Flower Hall, Brandon Hall, Miami Inn, Marcum Hall
  • Ptl. Keith Hibbard and Ptl. Thad Persinger assigned McBride Hall, Dorsey Hall, Collins Hall, Dennison Hall, Wilson Hall
  • Det. Tom Lampl and Ptl. Nelda Mattison assigned Symmes Hall, Swing Hall, McFarland Hall, Hepburn Hall, Withrow Hall

District 2 Leader: Sgt. Nicole Roberts

  • Ptl. Jacob Gray and Ptl. Josh Gray assigned Wells Hall, Bishop Hall, Ogden Hall, Stoddard Hall, Elliott Hall
  • Ptl. Nelda Mattison and Det. Latona Reid assigned Minnich Hall, Scott Hall, MacCracken Hall, Richard Hall, Hamilton Hall
  • Ptl. Robert Gleason and Ptl. Jarrad Sizemore assigned Anderson Hall, Dodds Hall, Porter Hall, Stanton Hall

District 3 Leader: Sgt. Jonathan Price

  • Ptl. Michael Jarvi and Ptl. Matt Starr assigned McKee Hall, Clawson Hall, Peabody Hall, Thomson Hall, Havighurst Hall
  • Ptl. Darrell Byrd and Ptl. Jacob Gray assigned Emerson Hall, Morris Hall, Tappan Hall
  • Sgt. Jonathan Price and Ptl. Michael Jarvi assigned to Etheridge Hall, Maple Street Station
  • Ptl. Matt Starr and Ptl. Josh Gray assigned Beechwoods Hall, Hillcrest Hall, Stonebridge Hall

Heritage Commons Leader: Sgt. Walt Schneider

  • Sgt. Walt Schneider and Ptl. Nelda Mattison assigned Reid Hall, Tallawanda Hall, Logan Lodge, Fisher Hall, Pines Lodge, Blanchard House

Other assignments include:

  • Ptl. Keith Hibbard and Ptl. Michael Jarvi assigned ROTC
  • Ptl. Darrell Byrd and Sgt. Nicole Roberts assigned Commuters
  • Sgt. Susan Tobergte assigned International Students
  • Capt. Jim Bechtolt, Capt. Andy Rosenberger and Sgt Charles Howard assigned Greek Community and Athletics
  • Sgt. Scott Smith and Sgt. Walt Schneider assigned Faculty and Staff Training
  • Sgt. Sharon Burkett, Det. Tom Lampl, and Det. Latona Howard assigned Victim Protection and Campus Safety Bulletins
  • Sgt. Nicole Roberts and Det. Latona Howard assigned Self Defense Training

Miami University Police Department

Dial 9-1-1 if you have an emergency. If you require immediate police assistance or wish to report a criminal offense, call the police dispatcher at 513-529-2222.

Contact Information

Police Services Center
4945 Oxford-Trenton Road
Oxford, Ohio 45056
513-529-2222 | 24 hours | Non-Emergency

Substation Locations

Armstrong Student Center - 1055

Farmer School of Business - 1001

King Library - 31

Yager Stadium - 180