Bill Would Let Oregon Campuses Establish Police Departments

A bill allowing campuses in the Oregon University System to establish police departments has passed the state legislature and now awaits the governor’s signature, The Oregonian reports. The University of Oregon promoted the bill and hopes to hire, in the next six years, 26 police officers whose authority would be greater than that of existing public-safety officers, the newspaper said. Administrators believe that a sworn police department, which is common at large public institutions, would be better equipped to serve the university, according to The Oregonian, but the Oregon Student Association opposes the move, citing additional costs and the prospect of guns on the campus.

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