FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The term, "The long arm of the law" has application to the IPFW police force, which is exercising its authority beyond the school's property.
The campus officers write tickets off school grounds, as well as on.
In July 2011, university police forces across Indiana were granted full police powers anywhere inside the state's borders.
They go through the police academy like other officers, and in fact, many at IPFW are retired city officers with 30 plus years experience.
Thursday, as is standard practice, campus police were running radar on Crescent Avenue, pulling over speeders driving on streets outlining the property.
For years, IPFW police and city police have had arrangements to help each other out, providing mutual aid.
" The safety of our students extends beyond the exact campus footprint, and so it makes sense for us, and that's why we have these kind of agreements to look at the perimeter of campus also, and try to maintain a safe environment there," said Walt Branson, the Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs.
City police get benefit from the mutual aid agreements as well.
Last month, IPFW police pulled over Michael Alexander as he passed by their territory, driving with a flat tire.
He tried to flee, and was arrested for resisting.
It helped out city police, who later tied Alexander to the homicide of Greg Funich inside a home on Lonesome Oak Court on the northside.
It raises the question; can you ever have too many eyes looking out for trouble in your community?
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