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    I am a university police officer in Texas at a public institution, which gives me jurisdiction and full police powers in any county where the university controls property. I have always been curious what powers (or lack thereof) other university PDs have in other states. I know here in TX, private universities have very limited powers in their PDs and may be similar to those of other states. Please, I would like to hear about them and if you have ever had any dealings with them...good or bad.

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    Campus PD's in Georgia have jurisdiction anywhere within 500 yds.of the campus, or any property owned by the college or university. The is is the same for both public & private as far as I know.

    One interesting issue that came up during Georgia's legislative session this year was that campus PD's from private colleges & universities do not have to release crime stats, and apparently some folks wanted to force them to do that. it didn't pass.

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    • #3
      I believe here in North Carolina the University Police have full police powers on their campus, any property they own, any roads or highways directly adjacent to their properties, and select properties around their campus (usually privately owned student housing).

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      • #4
        In California, university and all others, basically all the same. It's just want the individual department(s) may restrict them from doing..
        ''Life's tough......it's tougher if you're stupid.''
        -- John Wayne

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dentndude2
          I am a university police officer in Texas at a public institution, which gives me jurisdiction and full police powers in any county where the university controls property. I have always been curious what powers (or lack thereof) other university PDs have in other states. I know here in TX, private universities have very limited powers in their PDs and may be similar to those of other states. Please, I would like to hear about them and if you have ever had any dealings with them...good or bad.
          If our state Senate has its way, your off duty powers will become nonexistant. Only County, City, DPS, and Game Wardens will have powers of arrest off duty/right to carry. All other Texas peace officers will be limited to being armed and having arrest powers only when on duty and in unifrom. I don't know how you feel about it but I personally feel like we all take the same TCLEOSE test we should all have the same authority off duty. I know our jurisdictions may vary but for the most part our responsibilites are the same protecting the public. While this proposed bill does not directly affect me, I feel that I would want to have the right to carry while off duty if I feel I needed to in order to protect myself and my family.

          What are your thoughts?

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          • #6
            looks like those police officer's hired by state univeristy's

            are " certified" w/o question, but sorta like special agents

            like railroad police, but the wording police....spelled out.

            i would imagine your licensed and bonded for what ever

            action you take officially, now whether that license and bond,

            is 24 hr's on the property is a different question, each agency and state


            have different requirements.

            ccf off duty, yepp that i do concurr with ,

            each officer knows his limitations, in any given situation.

            don't wanna have the bad guys suing ya, and owning yer house
            use due caution and talk to veterans if yer not sure.

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            • #7
              SUNY police in NYS have Peace officer status, which mean while they are working they have same authority as police officer. Off duty that have civilian arrest powers. Personally I treat them the same as police officers.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by dentndude2
                I am a university police officer in Texas at a public institution, which gives me jurisdiction and full police powers in any county where the university controls property. I have always been curious what powers (or lack thereof) other university PDs have in other states. I know here in TX, private universities have very limited powers in their PDs and may be similar to those of other states. Please, I would like to hear about them and if you have ever had any dealings with them...good or bad.
                I thought University Police had state authority in TX. I know the University in the city I work in have more jurisdiction than I do. Whether or not they are ALLOWED to use it is another story I guess.

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                • #9
                  The university police around here are a joke. They basically take the vending machine money to the bank, write parking tickets, and escort co-eds home from the library after dark. Anything else is asking for trouble from the campus admin.

                  They are only allowed to put 40 miles per day on the patrol car. They get in trouble when the assist the city. The admin wants them to sit in a parking lot and do nothing. Problem is that they are run by the dean of student services, not an independent chief. The chief is under the dean, so he has no real authority.

                  Kind of sad, but they really are a joke. I know the officers want to do more, but their hands are tied. I know 4 guys that got fired for arresting too many non-students.

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                  • #10
                    The only college PD in my patrol area is the local community college district. They too are a joke. They don't even carry radios and choose to drive around or sit around and hit on the female students. The main type of "educational" departments that we have around here are ISD's. Out of the handful we have around here, only one of them pulls their own weight and is willing to help us out with anything that involves their kids but off campus. The other are a real joke. Some have to verify their whereabouts throughout their entire shift by logging into their cad what campus they are at and how long they were there. They aren't allowed to work anything they onview so they call us out and then screw everything up in the process. It is sad too beacuse while some of they guys got on with that PD beacuse they thought it would be a good stepping stone to a better job, they are now stuck there. It is all beacuse this agency has such a bad reputation that nobody wants to have anything to do with them. Then there are others that work their so they can get away with doing as little as possible.

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                    • #11
                      In MA, it depends on what type of school it is. The campus police for the University of Massachusetts and the assorted state colleges have police powers under state law. Generally, they are restricted to campus property & while going to & from school property on public streets.

                      Private universities like Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, etc. have no police powers granted automatically. However, they can be appointed as special state police officers, which gives them police powers on school property.

                      Both state & private schools who send their officers to the full-time police academy can also usually get those officers sworn-in as deputy sheriffs for the county where the school is. That gives them full police powers anywhere in the county. That is, of course, up to the sheriff to decide.
                      Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish - Euripides

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                      • #12
                        In Montana, the University Police have full arrest powers. They perform duties similar to those of a Municipal Officer just in a smaller jurisdiction. According to state law, they are defined under the same definition as Highway Patrol, not Municipal Police or Deputy Sheriff
                        Last edited by Darkwulfe; 04-13-2005, 09:02 AM.

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                        • #13
                          In New Jersey campus police are just the same as any other police officer around the state. All the same powers, rights and priviledges on and off duty.

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                          • #14
                            In VT all LEO's (State, County, City, Town, University, etc.), have statewide authority and full powers.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TRichie
                              If our state Senate has its way, your off duty powers will become nonexistant.

                              What are your thoughts?
                              Well, I can say I don't like that one bit! Do you know the bill number? We have a sergeant that follows what the legislature does pretty closely and he's highly aggressive. They had to put him back in CID to restrain him...or so the rumors say. Anyway, I say all of that because if it were as you say, I would think he would be talking about that continously.

                              We can carry off duty but it must be concealed. They really frown on us doing anything off duty unless it's something serious. The city PD hates us anyway so I suppose that is a good thing to keep what relationship we have with them in decent standing.

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