University Police Want to Extend Jurisdiction
Right now, campus police can enforce laws within one thousand feet of the University of Florida. But that protection is only written in a city ordinance, and in some cases has been thrown out when challenged in court.
University Police Department officials want to see it become state law.
Some Florida lawmakers like State Representative Kurt Kelly want it changed as well.
"We believe it's gonna provide a greater support and protection for both students and greater safety for our students," Kelly says.
Kelly has support from campus police chiefs like Linda Stump, who calls it a simple clarification and points out they already have a protection at the city level.
"We feel that we have both through the mutual aid agreement and through the legal interpretation the right to patrol and certainly enforce the laws--especially DUI laws, which speaks to the general safety of all people," Stump says.
The bill would apply to all university campus police departments in the state. The bill would not cost the state anything to change it.
The Florida Legislature is scheduled to meet in regular session this spring.
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