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5 Ways Campus Police Officers and Traditional Police Officers Differ

2. Campus Police Have Different Disciplinary Options

Lt. John Degurse, Northern Virginia Community College commander of administrative services, explained his department’s options to CS. “In many cases [officers] have a decision to make whether they arrest someone or refer them to the dean of students,” he says. “Our role here is not just one of law enforcement, but one of guidance. We help students make good decisions rather than locking everyone up.”

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