Community Outreach

Ferris State University Students

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is committed to providing excellent service to the citizens of Big Rapids and to the many college students that call Big Rapids home.

Throughout our history with FSU students we have been the teachers of many life lessons, a few of which we would like to highlight. We realize going away to college is a big step, and with it comes new freedom. Being away from mom and dad is exciting, sometimes scary, and always filled with new adventures. The choice to engage in some of these new adventures may have criminal consequences. As police officers and former college students; we have experienced some of these same freedoms and adventures.

If you are having a party, please be mindful of your neighbors and aware that you, the host of the party, are responsible for the actions of those attending your party. This means if your friends are playing loud music, being loud and vulgar, scattering trash and cans around the yard, and generally being disorderly outside, chances are you will have a visit from us.

As the party goes on, we understand that people might be hungry. So, if you plan to light a cooking fire in your backyard, one which is at least 25 feet from any structure, you will need to gain a burn permit. A permit can be gained through our partners, the fire department.  A cooking fire must be contained in a fire ring with a cover.

After the party is the after party, if you are under 21 years of age and during the party you have consumed alcohol you are a minor, in possession of alcohol. Also, you, regardless of age, cannot consume tasty alcoholic beverages while walking down the alley, sidewalk, street, or any area open to the public. It is also recommended that if you are intoxicated to not walk and text at the same time. Although not illegal, many people have developed injuries from paying more attention to their phone then their surroundings.

If you need to use the restroom, it is recommended to use it before you leave the party. Urinating in public is strictly enforced and will result in an awkward conversation with a police officer, most likely a ticket, or even a night in jail.

Last, but not least; if you attend a party and leave your vehicle parked on the city street overnight and the date of the party is in between November 15th and March 15th, odds are your vehicle will be ticketed and towed for snow removal.

Although this is not an exhaustive list of things that can happen, we know you students are creative; we believe in educating you of the common pitfalls of other students. We hope to see you out enjoying your newly found freedom in this great adventure called life.


The Police Officers of Big Rapids