MURFREESBORO, TN – When you hear those blue lights near campus, it’s the MT Police department hard at work serving the community.
Though it is a small department, they use it to their advantage reaching citizens on a personal level and the ever growing student body on MTSU’s campus.
“A lot of our officers do a really good job, you can really tell the department means a lot to them. You know they want to do what’s best for the department and what’s best for the community. This is what makes them stand out,” said Officer Angela Todd.
Standing out and doing their best is a mission for the department. They strive to be organized and serve the community every day. This is very apparent during a time in our country when police accountability is a prevalent on-going topic.
“We need accountability in policing,” said Sgt. Demetrius Smith. “We’ve been charged with a public trust. That’s a serious charge.”
MTSU’s campus and the surrounding area is full of a diverse group of people from many cultures. Being relatable in the line of duty is a big goal for veteran Officer Mario Hussey.
“One of the things I do to not come off as intimidating is I wear this veteran pin. To me, that’s like an ice breaker. A lot of people don’t want to look at the big police logo on me, but they notice this and ask me about my service,” said Officer Hussey.
At the end of the day, they just want to go home like everyone else.
“We have wives, kids, soccer practices to go too. You know, we deal with those too,” said Officer Hussey.
If you see an officer on or off campus, they’d love for you to come chat with them.