Florida College to Replace Private Security With Armed Officers

FORT MYERS, Fla.
Published: February 25, 2009

Edison State College in Fort Myers, Fla., is replacing its patrol officers with armed police in an effort to beef up security on its four campuses. The sworn officers will be armed with guns and have the authority to arrest offenders.

The private guards who previously patrolled the campuses were unable to issue citations, evict rule-breakers from campus or enforce college policies and state laws, according to News-Press.com.

Edison’s Board of Trustees approved the measure on February 24. The first sworn officer will begin patrolling campus in April. The college will gradually build its armed force and phase out private security.

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