Frequently Asked Questions 

What kind of police presence is there on and around the LSU campus?

LSU provides an on-site, 24-hour police department with more than 75 full-time personnel. A variety of resources are used by LSU Police Uniform Patrol including traditional police vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and canines. LSU Police works closely with Federal, State and Local public safety partners.

What is LSU PD’s jurisdiction?

LSU PD has jurisdiction on all LSU property. However, when a crime originates on LSU property, LSU PD’s jurisdiction extends to any area in Louisiana where the investigation may lead.

Can I use “911” on campus?

Yes. LSU PD receives “911” calls directly from campus telephones. “911” calls made by off-campus telephones and wireless devices are received by East Baton Rouge and Emergency Medical Services, then forwarded to LSU PD as necessary.

How do I apply for LSU PD to provide event security?

Visit our Police Services webpage at for forms, instructions and contact information. 

What is the most prevalent crime on campus?

Theft of personal property, namely electronics. Unfortunately, crime is an inherent part of society and LSU PD strives to maintain a safe environment for our open campus and community. Safety tips for the protection of property may be found via our webpage at

What measures should be taken to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime?

The first step in crime prevention is being ALERT to the fact that crime can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone - even you. With this fact in mind, be AWARE of your surroundings at all times, and AVOID potentially dangerous situations. Let your friends and family know where you'll be and what time you expect to return. There's more safety in numbers, so stay in groups whenever possible. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! If you feel uncomfortable, call the police. Personal safety is an active responsibility that requires your attention at all times. Never let your self-defense skills or any protective device (including pepper spray, firearms, personal alarms, cell phones, or weapons) give you a false sense of security. You must always remain aware of your surroundings. 

An LSU Police officer wrote me a traffic ticket. How do I pay it?

All traffic tickets written by LSUPD are sent to the 19th Judicial District Court, which is located at 300 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge (ph: 225-389-4836). Find more information at:

Can LSU Police Officers arrest me?

Yes. LSU Police Officers are peace officers with authority to enforce state law with powers of arrest.

I was arrested. What happens now?

Please visit the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office for more information:

Should I carry a weapon?

Carrying pepper spray, mace, firearms, or any other weapon is a personal decision. However, you should learn how to properly use the weapon before carrying it with you. Never allow any weapon to give you a false sense of security. Also, the LSU campus is a firearm-free zone, which may subject you to arrest. Anyone found possessing a weapon may also be subject to university discipline per administrative policy. Please refer to 'LRS 14:95.6 Firearm-free zone' for more information. 

How do I withhold personal information from the LSU online directory?

You may withhold your name, phone numbers and address from being listed on the University’s online directory.

  • Login to PAWS and select Personal Preferences > Directory Information > Withholding Information. Make the desired selections.
  • Login to PAWS and select Personal Preferences > Directory Information > Mailing Address. Make the desired selection. E-mail addresses can also be withheld.

What security measures are in place at campus residence halls and campus apartments?

The Department of Residential Life has a 24-hour secure hall access system. Individuals are required to swipe their Tiger Card to enter residence halls. This process is also required for access to specific floors and wings. Lost or stolen cards are immediately deactivated upon notification, and cards can be monitored to determine where they are being used. Certain doorways are electronically monitored 24 hours a day. Other security measures include nighttime, supplemental police officer patrols; and nighttime security rounds conducted by residence hall staff.