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The task force appointed by The Ohio State University President Gee introduced students and staff to a new safety plan on Wednesday.
Beyond expanding the number of patrols in areas around campus where crimes are being reported, the university has proposed a mutual aid agreement that would allow University police officers joint jurisdiction to respond to crimes adjacent to campus, 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.
Ohio State Vice President of Administration and Planning Jay Kasey said that currently several neighborhoods near campus are under the jurisdiction of Columbus police.
When crimes occur in those neighborhoods, University police are unable to assist, Goddard reported.
“They can respond to any problem that’s on OSU property,” Kasey said. “OSU properties are scattered throughout some of those neighborhoods in some cases, but in general, our OSU police cannot respond to a problem.”
Ohio State also plans to work with property owners in nearby neighborhoods on issues like outdoor lighting and security to improve the safety of Ohio State students living there, Goddard reported.
Ohio State President Gordon Gee has already accepted these recommendations set forth by the task force. Representatives from the University said that the recommendations will be put in place immediately.
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