East Tennessee State University Public Safety Officers are Commissioned Police Officers pursuant to TCA 49-7-118, and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy No. 5:01:07:00. Commissioned Public Safety Officers have all of the police powers necessary to enforce all state laws, as well as rules and regulations of the TBR. They are also Tennessee certified firefighters and are first responders to any on-campus fire emergency. Public Safety Officers may exercise their authority on all property or facilities owned, leased, or operated by the TBR and the University, including any public roads or rights of way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or properties.
Working Relationships with Outside Authorities
ETSU Public Safety maintains a strong cooperative relationship with the Veterans Affairs Police Department (VAPD) and other local, state, and federal jurisdictions. Some branch campuses are under the jurisdiction of other local municipalities and a cooperative relationship is maintained in all cases.