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North Dakota education officials to review campus police powers

NDSU Police
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota higher education officials say they're reviewing policies on the authority of college police departments after questions about North Dakota State University officers making arrests off campus and boosting Fargo's general fund with fines.

The issue has been raised by defense attorneys in recent court cases involving the NDSU police force. It has an agreement with the city that allows its 17 officers to enforce laws ''in the perimeter around campus.'' The city fines go to city coffers.

Some defense attorneys say the deal conflicts with state law and is akin to North Dakota taxpayers unknowingly funding the city.

Murray Sagsveen, the university system's chief of staff, says system lawyers believe campus police are acting within their authority, but the state Board of Higher Education should discuss it.

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