Most Campus Law Enforcers Have Full Arrest Powers


The week after a former student killed five students and himself at Northern Illinois University, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report on the state of campus law enforcement, based on a survey of institutions with more than 2,500 students. Among the findings in data from 2004-5: three-quarters of campus law enforcement agencies used sworn officers with full arrest powers; nearly all campuses had 24-hour patrols, a 3-digit emergency number, and emergency blue-light phones; among schools with 5,000 or more students, private campuses had more law enforcement employees per capita than public ones.

The report compares agencies serving public and private campuses by number and type of employees, screening methods for hiring officers, training and education requirements, agency functions, types of equipment, computers and information systems, special programs, and policy directives. General campus characteristics, including crime statistics, are summarized. Tables include data from 2-year public colleges with an enrollment of 10,000 or more.


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