Idaho State Univ. to Cease Use of Red Lights on Patrol Vehicles

State Police have rescinded the university’s authority to use red lights on its patrol vehicles due to concerns that campus security is overstepping its jurisdiction by issuing traffic citations on city streets.

Idaho State Police have ordered Idaho State University’s public safety department to cease the use of red lights on campus patrol-vehicle light bars.

ISU security officers have been using campus patrol vehicles to conduct traffic stops on and around the campus, according to letter written by Idaho State Police Director Col. Ralph Powell. Powell also noted that the officers are using Idaho Code for the violations on the traffic citations they are issuing to students, the Idaho State Journal reports.

Powell has rescinded the university’s authority to use red lights on campus vehicles. The authority to use the lights was initially granted in 1996 by then-Idaho State Police Director Robert Sobba.

Powell went on to say that the change is related to concerns that the university is overstepping its authority. The Pocatello Police Department had previously asked that campus security cease making traffic stops on city streets. 

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