MSM Public Safety

Mission Statement

The MSM Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors where security is balanced with freedom of movement, and individual rights are balanced with community needs.

The Department of Public Safety strives to achieve this mission through a community friendly approach that enhances safety through the visibility of police and security personnel, preventive patrols, 24-hour accessibility, positive conflict resolution, and crime prevention and awareness programs. The department enforces school policies, and established Federal and State Laws in support of the school’s mission; and collaborates with local law enforcement and community organizations in fulfilling its mission.

The success of this mission depends upon a partnership, built on mutual respect and responsibility, between Public Safety personnel, and the diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and visitors that constitute the MSM community.

Department Organization

The Department of Public Safety is comprised of the MSM Police Department, Security Services, Parking Deck Management and Emergency Preparedness.

 

Public Safety Policies and Procedures

 

Georgia Hands-Free Law - MSM Summary/Statement

The General Assembly passed House Bill 673 also known as the “Hands-Free Law” and it was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal. The Hands-Free Law took effect on July 1, 2018 and there is no grace period. A link to the complete law can be found at www.gahighwaysafety.org

As a general rule, employees should not conduct any MSM business while driving (i.e., do not attempt to answer the phone or respond to text messages while driving). If you are a physician or other healthcare provider who must provide information or respond to an emergency, we expect you to use your best judgement with hands-free technology to respond and/or move to a safe environment to complete the appropriate action. The safety of our employees, students, patients, and the community is of primary importance as we implement this law and conduct MSM business.