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University Police


police shieldWelcome and thank you for visiting the web site for the University Police Department of Missouri Southern State University. It is our hope that by providing information regarding the services provided by this department the students, faculty/staff, parents and visitors will have a more positive experience.

To assist in our effort to enhance communication, MSSU has contracted with the Joplin Police Department (JPD) to provide dispatching services for the University Police Department.

For situations that are not an emergency, but still require a police officer to investigate (thefts, non-injury traffic accidents, assaults, etc.) please call 417-623-3131 (JPD Communications) and they will direct a UPD officer to the incident location.

For service calls, please continue to call 417-626-2222.  Those calls would include vehicle unlocks and jump starts, building access, parking issues, lost items, safety and training programs, information, etc.

If you should have questions regarding this change or would like additional information, please call James Swift, MSSU Police chief, at 417-625-9741. 

If you would like to give the University Police Department a tip about a crime on Southern's campus you can send the information to


Vision Statement 

The Missouri Southern State University Police Department is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment.  Our mission is to provide the highest level of protection and service to students, visitors, faculty, staff, and volunteers. 

We believe everyone has the right to feel safe and free from harm.  We are committed to protecting individuals from harm and the reasonable fear of harm. We strive to maintain an equitable level of order, control, and safety in all university buildings and campus grounds. 

We recognize the value of personal and university property and are committed to protecting it from theft, misuse, and vandalism.  

We are committed to conveying an image of professionalism in all our interactions and serving in a way that is conducive to excellent university and community relations. 

Enforcing Missouri Southern State University guidelines and regulations is critical to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment. We pledge to uphold these guidelines and regulations with integrity and fairness and to treat all members of our community with respect and dignity. 

We are proud to serve Missouri Southern State University and are committed to working collaboratively with all members of our community to achieve our mission. 

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Contact the Department

James Swift

Campus Police Chief

Kyndall Winkelman

Lead Dispatcher