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Undergraduate Research Journal

Abstract

Today, the University of Nebraska at Kearney Police Department is one of few unarmed campus police departments in the country. Even so, UNK PD is a certified police department with full police powers. Officers derive their authority from the State of Nebraska as Special Deputy Sheriffs, but only after graduating the State of Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. Officers must also receive continual training each year to maintain certification. With that training and certification, UNK PD officers are obligated to maintain safety and security for all people and property at the university. Members of UNK PD are expected to enforce laws and respond to incidents--all while being unarmed. This raises the question: why are they unarmed when most other police departments have firearms, including those of other universities in Nebraska?

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