Universities in D.C. consider expanding police power
WASHINGTON (AP) - Universities across the District of Columbia are looking at expanding the reach of their campus police officers to respond to disruptive behavior by students in nearby neighborhoods.
The Washington Post reports the proposal has drawn debate at George Washington University in particular. Residents have clashed with neighboring students over late-night parties and other issues.
Some question whether campus officers should have arrest powers on public streets. It's not clear how officers would enforce a school's code of conduct in public spaces. Student journalism groups also question whether private police will be required to be transparent about their actions off campus.
Increasing their jurisdiction requires approval from the D.C. Council.
Other schools considering the expansion include Howard, Georgetown, American, Catholic, Gallaudet, Trinity and the University of the District of Columbia.