College police forces increasingly expand reach

By By ERIC TUCKER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The police officers who patrol America's colleges are empowered to do far more than respond to campus emergencies.

Campus police are increasingly expanding their jurisdiction beyond the school and into surrounding neighborhoods.

Proponents say the arrangement allows schools to keep closer tabs on students who misbehave off-campus and gives university officers greater flexibility to investigate campus crime committed by community members.

As a consortium of schools in Washington, D.C., contemplates giving campus police greater authority, some residents worry about a disparity in training and protocol and worry private schools are less transparent and accountable to the public.

The discussion comes at a time of renewed focus on campus crime, with lockdowns in recent weeks on several campuses, including Yale and American University. Harvard buildings were evacuated amid fears of explosives.

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