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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1988 - Page 13

'U'-CITY INTERACTION

A force of two: Security,
police jurisdiction overlap

BY ANNA SENKEVITCH
One wears a city badge; the other,
a University seal.
The Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment and University Public Safety
usually have different jurisdictions
and responsibilities - but when
their roles overlap, the results can be
complicated.
Ann Arbor Police Capt. Robert
ponn said city police are seldom
used to enforce University rules. In-
stead, he said, public safety has to
request help with "crimes against
person or property in which lack of
sworn status would not enable (tile
University) to investigate to com-
pletion."
THE UNIVERSITY'S De-
partment of Public Safety must call
police when a crime is in progress,
Lfa crime's suspected perpetrator is
still at the scene or in the area, or
when public safety has information
o4 a crime which occurred off-cam-
pus, Director of Public Safety Leo
Ikatley said.
But the sometimes-blurred dis-
tinction between the organizations'
responsibilities can lead to confusion
end delays in investigations.
i When students protested Central

Intelligence Agency recruiting inter-
views at the Student Activities
Building last November, Conn said
University public safety officers
wanted police to arrest the demon-
strators.
BUT THE POLICE chose to
mediate the events by speaking to
the group of protesters. Eventually,
the demonstrators left the building,
and police made no arrests.
"It's not uncommon to have a
difference of opinion (between police
and campus security)," Police Chief
William Corbett said. "A police de-
partment cannot just capriciously
and arbitrarily arrest people."
Ann Arbor Police Staff Sgt.
Harry Jinkerson said investigations
are sometimes hindered by paper-
work and communication problems
between the two organizations. In
some cases, a police officer respond-
ing to a campus incident may have
to contact campus security before
filing a report.
Delays also arise when campus
security officials turn cases over to
police, Jinkerson said. For example,
when a shanty on the Diag was
burned down last May, it took five
days for police to receive the arson

Because campus security officials
have no authority to make arrests,
hold suspects, or issue citations,
they must rely heavily upon the as-
sistance of local police.
"Our public safety officers can go
to the scene (of a crime) and try to
get information on what's going
on," said Peter Pellerito, the Un-
iversity's director of community
relations, "but if they see the alleged
attacker, they can't stop that per-

son."
HEATLEY said he is frustrated
by his officers' inability to act at the

scene of a crime. "We give them that
responsibility (of protecting students
on campus)," he said, "but we give

them absolutely no authority."
-Daily reporter Donna Iadipaolo
contributed to this story,

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