Officers of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Department of Public Safety have full authority, granted by St. Mary's College of Maryland and its Board of Trustees, to enforce the policies as outlined in the Student Handbook (To the Point), the Parking and Motor Vehicle Policies, and the Employee Handbook. As citizens, officers must also uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, the laws of the State of Maryland and the laws/ordinances of St. Mary's County.

Officers may not coerce confessions or cooperation from a person by means of physical intimidation, force or threat of force.