STATEHOUSE- Legislation co-authored by State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) seeks to increase statewide public safety. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1406, which extends the authority of college or university police officers beyond campus boundaries, was signed into law on Friday.
Currently, campus officers do not hold any authority once they leave campus. If off-campus agencies request use of personnel or resources, college and university enforcement are unable to assist.
"Extending the jurisdiction for campus officers will provide additional safety for all Hoosiers," said Rep. Kirchhofer. "Colleges and universities would be able to provide their resources to off-campus agencies."
HEA 1406 would grant college or university police the ability to enforce laws anywhere within Indiana. Enforcement outside of the county where the institution is located would require a timely notification to the sheriff or chief of police.
Off-campus law enforcement is at the discretion of the board of trustees for each college or university. Each educational institution would need to adopt a resolution specifically describing the territorial jurisdiction, as well as send notice to the state police and the sheriff or chief of police of the county where it is located.
"Campus police officers will complete the required training to exercise their authority off-campus," said Rep. Kirchhofer. "This is a great opportunity to enhance public safety."
HEA 1406 will be effective July 1, 2011.