Our Purpose is to serve and protect the students, faculty, staff and visitors of Ferris State University. To further the academic pursuits of FSU in two ways: actually keeping people and property safe and in helping to create an environment where people feel completely safe.
Director MJ Bledsoe's 2012 Annual Report Message
This is a very special milestone as I complete my fortieth year in law enforcement; roughly, the first three decades with the City of Farmington Hills police department, and the last decade with the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety. It’s my time now to call it a career; I will be retiring on January 18, 2013. It has been an incredible life and journey. The entrepreneur in me has led to another aspect of this calling and that chapter is personal protection and security consulting. No sidelines for me!
The experience from city to university has been “exactly the same, only different” as the humorous saying goes. Cops, crooks and citizens are in many ways quite the same no matter from where they hail. The expectations can be a bit different from political subdivision to higher-education though. This is primarily in the follow-up and follow-through expected at a university as well as the options of administrative sanctions for employees and students who are in violation of the law. These administrative options are regularly used instead of or in concert with the law, depending on severity of the crime and history of the perpetrator.
Change has come to Ferris State University in the area of law and order over the past ten years and the news is quite favorable. First, to note the drop in crime of an impressive 41%, a graph and narrative reflecting that is in the section of this annual report titled Highlights. Second, note the great progress made in the past ten years promoting voluntary parking compliance. The many things that have been done to make this 60% drop in the number of parking violations needing to be issued is likewise explained and graphically depicted in the report section called Highlights. Finally, the last ten years have been spent vastly improving the preparation, notification and response capabilities in the area of emergency management. There is always more to do, of course.
It has been my pleasure to serve the community and work alongside some of law enforcement’s very best, not to mention the citizen partners who have chosen safety and security as primary goals. These are challenging times with the shocking episodes of crime and terror visited on the peaceful and innocent people of our society. Incidents of crime are on the rise nation-wide and if the numbers overall are small but you are the victim, that brings little solace. Dedicated people from all walks of life are willing to face the challenge and I intend to continue partnering with them. Will you join us?
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