A. A private postsecondary institution that offers baccalaureate degrees and that has a dormitory on its campus with full-time residents may appoint one or more persons to be designated by the private postsecondary institution as private postsecondary institution peace officers to aid and supplement the law enforcement agencies of this state in the protection of private postsecondary institution property and the persons and property of private postsecondary institution students, faculty and employees.  While on or in private postsecondary institution property and engaged in the conduct of this employment, or while otherwise working in the furtherance of a bona fide criminal investigation and in conjunction and concurrent with any and all law enforcement-related processes, actions or activities, including transporting and booking arrested persons, each appointed private postsecondary institution peace officer possesses and shall exercise all of the law enforcement powers of a peace officer in this state.  Private postsecondary institution peace officers have the authority to use county courts and jails for the purpose of booking arrested persons in the county where the private postsecondary institution is located or where the arrest occurs.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 15-1897

  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Peace officers: means sheriffs of counties, constables, marshals, policemen of cities and towns, commissioned personnel of the department of public safety, personnel who are employed by the state department of corrections and the department of juvenile corrections and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, peace officers who are appointed by a multicounty water conservation district and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by community college district governing boards and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by the Arizona board of regents and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by the governing body of a public airport pursuant to section 28-8426 and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, peace officers who are appointed by a private postsecondary institution pursuant to section 15-1897 and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board and special agents from the office of the attorney general, or of a county attorney, and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Subject: means a division or field of organized knowledge, such as English or mathematics, or a selection from an organized body of knowledge for a course or teaching unit, such as the English novel or elementary algebra. See Arizona Laws 15-101

B. The authority and jurisdiction of a law enforcement agency in this state is not preempted by a private postsecondary institution peace officer. A private postsecondary institution peace officer must notify the appropriate law enforcement agency in this state after making a felony arrest or beginning an investigation of a felony within the jurisdiction of that agency. A private postsecondary institution peace officer shall have at least the minimum qualifications established pursuant to section 41-1822 and must comply with all rules established by the Arizona peace officer standards and training board. The private postsecondary institution shall reimburse the Arizona peace officer standards and training board for all training expenses incurred by the board for the private postsecondary institution and all audit expenses incurred by the board in reviewing the private postsecondary institution’s compliance with peace officer and law enforcement standards that are established by the board.  The private postsecondary institution shall file the name of each private postsecondary institution peace officer with the Arizona peace officer standards and training board on the date of the peace officer’s appointment. If the proposed private postsecondary institution peace officer meets at least the minimum qualifications established under section 41-1822, the Arizona peace officer standards and training board shall issue the appointee a certificate of authority to act as a peace officer and may thereafter revoke the certificate for good cause.

C. A private postsecondary institution peace officer who is appointed pursuant to this section is not eligible to participate in the public safety personnel retirement system based solely on the service provided to a private postsecondary institution. The private postsecondary institution is not eligible to receive monies from the peace officers’ training fund established by section 41-1825. Title 38, chapter 8, article 1 does not apply to a private postsecondary institution peace officer.

D. A private postsecondary institution that appoints a private postsecondary institution peace officer is liable for the private postsecondary institution peace officer’s acts that are within the scope of the officer’s employment.  This state and any political subdivision of this state are not liable for any act or failure to act by any private postsecondary institution peace officer.

E. All records, reports and other documentation made or received by a private postsecondary institution police department are public records and are subject to title 39.