LSA-RS 17:1805
   
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LSA-RS 17:1805

Authority of university or college police officer

A. Those persons who are university or college police officers responsible for maintaining general order and exercising police power on the campus of a state supported or a private college or university shall be designated as university or college police officers. Each such person named as a police officer by the president of the college or university shall be commissioned as a university or college police officer by the Department of Public Safety or as provided in Subsection E of this Section. Such commission shall remain in force and in effect at the pleasure of the employing college of university. These police officers shall have the right to carry concealed weapons and to exercise the power of arrest when discharging their duties on their respective campuses while in or out of uniform. In the discharge of their duties on campus and while in hot pursuit, on or off the campus, each university or college police officer may exercise the power of arrest. Each such police officer shall execute a bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars in the favor of the state, for the faithful performance of his duties. The premium of the bond shall be paid by the employing institution.

B. Any person arrested by a college or university police officer, in the exercise of the power herein above granted, shall be immediately transferred by such office to the custody of the sheriff or city police wherein the arrest occurs.

C. On and after January 1, 1975, no person shall be commissioned as a college or university police officer, unless prior to such commissioning the person has, as a minimum requirement, completed and graduated from the six-weeks program of Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College or possesses equivalent training or experience.

D. Upon authorization by the chief administrative officer of the educational institution, a college or university police officer shall have authority to discharge his duties off campus if engaging in intelligence gathering activity, investigating a crime committed on campus, or if specifically requested by the chief law enforcement officer of the parish or city.

E. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Section to the contrary, any state supported or private college or university situated within the territorial limits of any municipality having a population in excess of two hundred fifty thousand persons may, at the option of said college or university, have its campus police officers commissioned as university or college police officers by such municipal or city police department, rather than the Department of Public Safety, upon complying with the requirements and regulations as may be prescribed by said municipal or city police department for the commissioning of special officers. Such commissions issued by a municipal or city police department shall confer upon such campus police officers all rights and privileges as are enumerated in this Section with respect to officers commissioned through and by the Department of Public Safety; provided, however, that such officers shall not be entitled to supplemental pay for municipal police officers.

-- Louisiana Revised Statues, 13B, Sections 17:1421 to 17:End, St. Paul, MN, West Publishing Co., 1982, pp. 98-100.
 
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