178.862. 1. The trustees of any community college district of this state may appoint and employ as many college police officers as they may deem necessary to protect persons, property, and to preserve peace and good order only in the public buildings, properties, grounds, and other facilities and locations over which they have charge or control.
2. The college police officers, before they enter upon their duties, shall take and subscribe an oath of office before some officer authorized to administer oaths, to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties thereof, which oath shall be filed in the office of the college district board of trustees, and the secretary of the board shall give each college police officer so appointed and qualified a certificate of appointment, under the seal of the board of trustees, which certificate shall empower him with the same authority to maintain order, preserve peace and make arrests as is now held by peace officers; the college police officer may in addition expel from the public buildings, campuses, and grounds, persons violating the rules and regulations that may be prescribed by the board of trustees or others under the authority of the board. Such officer or employee of the community college as may be designated by the board of trustees shall have immediate charge, control and supervision of college police officers appointed by authority of this section. Such college police officers shall have satisfactorily completed before appointment, or within six months after appointment, a training course for college police officers which shall consist of at least three hundred twenty hours as prescribed by the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol. The community college district shall reimburse all such college police officers appointed by them who complete the training course for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in taking the training course, and shall reimburse the highway patrol for any expenses directly relating to the prescribed or holding of a training course which are recommended by the patrol.
3. Nothing herein shall be construed as denying the board of trustees the right to appoint guards or watchmen who shall not be given the authority and powers hereby authorized.
(L. 1974 H.B. 917 § 1)
Missouri General Assembly