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Pittsburg State Campus police help city officers

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Pittsburg State officials say, 7,000students are expected to attend the university this year. According to thePittsburg Police Chief 911 calls to the dispatch center will increase.

"We do enjoy the students comingback, because it makes our community very vibrant and that's something wereally appreciate here in Pittsburg, but on the other hand our calls forservice do go up," Pittsburg Police Chief Mendy Hulvey.

Chief Hulvey says for the number of callsthey receive, 2 more police officers are needed.

"We struggle but we make ithappen we cut corners other places but we make sure we have plenty on thestreets to respond to those calls for service and we do rely on thosepartnerships with the county and of course PSU," said Hulvey.

PSU has a written memorandum with thecity that allows campus officers jurisdiction outside the campus limits, meaning campus police officers have theauthority to act as city officers.

"It allows us outside of campus properand into surrounding neighborhoods where there is high student population andthings like that," said Pittsburg State University Police Chief MikeMcCracken.  

In September a special election willbe held for a proposed half-cent sales tax, the tax will go towards hiring morepolice officers, plus technology for the police department.

"The half-cent sales tax is critical to us I trulybelieve it would change the landscape for what we're doing here, and allow usto respond to those social and crime programs in a new way," said Hulvey. 

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