5:018 Employment of Law Enforcement and Security Personnel
|Austin Peay State
|Employment of Law Enforcement and Security Personnel
||November 14, 2016
||Vice President for Finance and Administration
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to employ law enforcement and security
personnel that meet the requirements detailed in the procedures below.
The purpose of this policy is to set forth the following general provisions to cover
the circumstances and processes for the employment of law enforcement and security
personnel at the University.
-Campus Police Officer
-Campus Security Officer
-Law Enforcement Agency
-Employment and Commissioning of Campus Law Enforcement Personnel (Campus Police Officers)
-Employment of Campus Security Personnel (Campus Security Officers)
-Mutual Assistance Agreements - Authority of Campus Law Enforcement Personnel
-Compliance with Rules and Regulations
|A person commissioned by the University and rendered an oath to provide police services,
enforce law, exercise arrest authority, and carry firearms; and thus is subject to
the provisions of the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.
|A person employed by the University to provide non-police, security-related services
and as such is not commissioned to exercise arrest authority nor carry firearms without
additional provision of law, nor is subject to the provisions of the Tennessee peace
officer standards and training commission.
|An institution employing one (1) or more campus police officers.
Campus Law Enforcement Personnel (Campus
- The president is authorized to employ and commission campus police officers who shall
have all the police powers necessary to enforce all state laws as well as rules and
regulations of APSU.
- Campus police officers being so commissioned may exercise their authority on all property
or facilities, leased or operated by APSU, as prescribed by Tennessee law, including
any public roads or right of way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of
the facilities or property of the University.
- All campus police officers employed under this policy shall meet the minimum certification
requirements set by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission
(T.C.A. § 38-8-101 et seq.).
- The President is authorized to establish other minimum qualifications that are not
in conflict with those established by the Commission or by Tennessee law.
- It shall be the duty of the president to ensure that the commissioned officers meet
the necessary standards.
Employment of Campus
- The President is authorized to employ campus security officers who shall provide non-police,
security-related services and as such are not commissioned to exercise arrest authority
nor carry firearms.
- Campus security officers shall not be subject to the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards
and Training Commission.
- Campus security officers may execute their security related duties on all property
or facilities owned, leased or operated by APSU.
Agreements – Authority
of Campus Law
- The campus police officers employed by APSU may exercise their authority on property
or facilities owned, leased, or operated by another State institution where there
is an agreement between the presidents or directors of the institutions involved.
- APSU may enter into written mutual assistance agreements with other law enforcement
agencies, including a county sheriff's department, municipal police department, judicial
district drug task force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or Tennessee Highway Patrol,
as are necessary to preserve and protect the property, students and employees of the
university employing the officers and to otherwise perform their duties.
- Such agreements may provide for the exchange of law enforcement officers when required
for a particular purpose or for mutual assistance to effectuate arrests, execute search
warrants and perform other law enforcement functions when the law enforcement agency
finds it necessary to act outside of their statutory jurisdiction.
- Notwithstanding any mutual assistance agreement or an absence thereof, a campus law
enforcement agency must comply with any state or federal law providing that a particular
law enforcement agency must lead the investigation of specified criminal acts (Nottingham
Act, T.C.A. §49-7-129).
Compliance with Rules
- The University and campus police officer must comply with the requirements of the
Commission pertaining to all phases of the hiring and certification of law enforcement
officers as found in the rules and regulations promulgated for the Tennessee Peace
Officer Standards and Training Commission published in the Official Rules and Regulations
of the Commission, Chapter 1110 of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Administrative
- Failure to maintain certification shall be grounds for immediate termination as a
commissioned campus police officer.
APSU Policy 5:018 (previously 5:035) – Rev.: November 14, 2016
APSU Policy 5:018 – Rev.: September 14, 2015
APSU Policy 5:018 – Rev.: December 3, 2014
APSU Policy 5:018 – Rev.: July 19, 2006
APSU Policy 5:018 – Issued: April 18, 1988
President: signature on file