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                                 SENATE BILL 6189



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By Senators Amondson, von Reichbauer, Owen, McDonald and Johnson


Read first time 01/21/92.  Referred to Committee on Higher Education.Enhancing safety at institutions of higher education.

     AN ACT Relating to crime and safety at institutions of higher education; amending RCW 28B.10.550 and 28B.10.555; and creating a new section.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      The legislature declares that providing for the safety of students, faculty, and staff is a primary responsibility of the governing boards and administrations of our state colleges and universities.  The legislature directs the state institutions of higher education to take all action reasonable and necessary to provide for the safety of students, faculty, and staff on the state campuses.


     Sec. 2.  RCW 28B.10.550 and 1977 ex.s. c 169 s 24 are each amended to read as follows:

     The boards of regents of the state universities, and the boards of trustees of the regional universities or of The Evergreen State College, acting independently and each on behalf of its own institution:

     (1) ((May)) Shall each establish a fully commissioned police force for its own institution, which force shall function under such conditions and regulations as the board prescribes; ((and))

     (2) ((May)) Shall supply appropriate badges and uniforms indicating the positions and authority of the members of such police force; and

     (3) Shall direct the president of the college or university, or the president's designee, to be responsible for ensuring adequate law enforcement at branch campuses of the institution:  PROVIDED, That this section shall not be construed to require resident police forces at branch campuses of the state colleges or universities.


     Sec. 3.  RCW 28B.10.555 and 1969 ex.s. c 223 s 28B.10.555 are each amended to read as follows:

     The members of a police force established under authority of RCW 28B.10.550, when appointed and duly sworn:

     (1) Shall be general authority peace officers of the state as defined in chapter 10.93 RCW and have such police powers as are vested in sheriffs and peace officers generally under the laws of this state; and

     (2) May exercise such powers upon state lands devoted mainly to the educational or research activities of the institution to which they were appointed; ((and))

     (3) Shall have power to pursue and arrest beyond the limits of such state lands, if necessary, all or any violators of the rules or regulations herein provided for; and

     (4) Shall be subject to the education and training requirements for law enforcement personnel established under chapter 43.101 RCW.