The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on September 1, 2010 on two bills regarding campus police. One, HB 2592, would give campus police the same law enforcement and arrest powers granted to municipal police. The other bill, HB2 2593, would allow private colleges or universities to hire campus police officers.
Both bills would require each officer to be certified by the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission; limit jurisdiction to the grounds and buildings of the schools; and allow campus and municipal police to enter into reciprocal agreements to provide law enforcement during emergencies, according to a statement issued by the Judiciary Committee.
Testifiers at the hearing included: Don Bergmann, chief of police, University of Scranton; Jason Friedberg, chief, Bucknell University Department of Security; and Dennis Walters, lieutenant, Department of Public Safety/Campus Police, Franklin and Marshall College. Sister R. Patricia Fadden, president of Immaculata University, offered brief introductory comments and welcomed the committee to the campus.
It’s unclear when the committee will move the bills to the House floor.