Campus security at Missouri Southern State University just got a little tougher now that all members of the campus force are sworn police officers.
The university has seven full time police officers on the job. Campus police Chief Ken Kennedy says, in the past, they had to rely on outside agencies to assist with crimes like car break ins and sexual assaults. Now that the whole staff is trained, they deal with the campus crimes first hand.
Kennedy says the positions come with new guidelines and more responsibility. He says, "it's another step to make a more professional department on campus with physical fitness standards with an adjustment in the pay scale with rigorous testing requirements. We feel that we have raised the standards of the department and I do think that will bring respect among the community campus community and also the community here in Joplin."
Chief Kennedy says they have four potential reserve police officers that will soon join the university police force as well.