SPRINGFIELD, Ohio This month, Wittenberg's Police and Security Department became a state-chartered agency.
Before that, Wittenberg police officers were trained and sworn to uphold the law under a Springfield city ordinance. Under that authority, Wittenberg officers could not transfer their certifications to another police organization.
State law permits a university to establish their own law enforcement department from which certification is recognized statewide. “Most of the change is language,” said Chief Carl E. Loney. “We will continue to work closely with the Springfield Police Division and are sincerely appreciative of their support.”
Under the wing of Springfield's authority, Wittenberg Police have increased their jurisdiction and can assist the Springfield Police Division under a mutual aid agreement. “This is a win/win for all. Not only will our force benefit, the university district and community will benefit as well,” Loney continued.
The change was made to keep Wittenberg competitive with other law enforcement agencies. Chief Loney added.
Wittenberg has enjoyed a close, cooperative relationship with Springfield City Police and the Clark County Sheriff's Department, as well as many other law enforcement agencies for many years. "That is not going to change," said Loney, who came from the Clark County Sheriff's Office 16 months ago.
"It may seem like a small change, but it will help us to continue to provide the safest possible learning environment on campus," Loney said.
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