Erie Community College President Jack Quinn announced Thursday that he has appointed three members of ECC’s Safety and Security Department to peace officer status.
Individuals designated as peace officers would be able to carry a firearm as part of their on-duty employment. In addition to being armed, campus public safety officers with peace officer status would have additional powers, which would include issuing traffic and parking citations, making warrantless arrests, conducting warrantless searches when constitutionally permissible, and the legal use physical force to make an arrest or prevent an escape from custody.
To carry a firearm, authorized peace officers must meet the stringent qualifications required to obtain a New York State pistol permit, which includes training, a background check, psychological evaluation and oral interviews.
All peace officer designees will be required to complete a Campus Public Safety Officer course, as mandated by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The candidates will receive more than 600 hours of training at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy.
ECC’s training curriculum exceeds the New York State requirements for Campus Public Safety Officers with peace officer status, ECC Associate Vice President for College Safety and Security Jack McDonnell said.
"Ensuring the safety and security of ECC’s students and staff is my number one priority,” Quinn said. “I applaud Jack McDonnell, associate vice president for college safety and security, for providing the opportunity for three of our current safety personnel to attain Peace Officer status. Elevating these individuals to peace officer status is another step in ECC’s continual efforts to strengthen campus safety.”
The three candidates selected by Quinn will begin five months of training at the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy starting on August 2, 2010.
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