Campus Police Law and Legal Definition

In the U.S., campus police are sworn police officers employed by a public school district, college or university to protect the campus and surrounding areas and the people who live on, work on and visit it. Mostly, university police forces employ a combination of police officers, security guards and student workers. Student employees will have limited administrative activities to law enforcement functions comparable to those held by commissioned officers. University police departments are established to provide a quicker response time to incidents on campus and to offer campus-specific services not necessarily available from local policing organizations. Campus police is also called university police.

Campus police officers are commissioned through their state Peace Officer Standards and Training after completing established training and pre-licensure preparation. A university police officer has equivalent authority as a municipal or state peace officer. Funding for campus police are provided by the universities.