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  Dearborn campus
Regents approve licensing U-M-D safety officers

Some public safety officers at U-M-Dearborn will become licensed law enforcement officers
following approval by the Board of Regents Feb. 17.

Licensing will allow the officers to take on greater law enforcement powers and responsibilities. Until now, U-M-Dearborn had been one of only two public universities in the state without licensed officers.

"Over the past several years, we have had many discussions among faculty, students and staff around the issue of enhancing the safety of the campus community through seeking licensing for some safety officers," says U-M-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little.

"After those discussions, we decided to recommend to the regents that this campus join the overwhelming majority of other public universities in Michigan and adopt a certification program for some of our campus safety officers."

The primary benefit will be to enhance the ability of campus safety officers to control unsafe driving on campus, Little says.

"We believe that licensed campus safety officers will be more committed to the particular needs of our educational environment and able to provide a higher level of service."

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