Most Colleges, Universities Have Own Police Forces, 3/4 Of Them Armed


Ninety-five percent of 4-year U.S. colleges and universities with 2,500 or more students had their own law enforcement agencies as of three years ago, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported today in a profile of campus law enforcement. Those agencies employed 31,904 persons, of which nearly half were sworn officers. About three-fourths of the campuses used armed officers, compared to 68 percent during the 2004-05 school year.

About 9 in 10 sworn campus officers had arrest and patrol jurisdiction beyond campus boundaries. Based on crime data reported under the federal Clery Act to the U.S. Department of Education, violent crime on college campuses during 2011 accounted for 3 percent of serious crimes reported to campus law enforcement agencies. That compared to 12 percent of all serious crimes reported to law enforcement nationwide.

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