Report Criticizes SLCC Police

Report Criticizes SLCC Police

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Utah Department of Public Safety report says the police department at Salt Lake Community College is "close to imploding." The study found the community college police force to be deficient in more than 70 areas.

The March fourth report was obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune under Utah's open records laws. It was prepared by D-P-S Colonel Randy Johnson, who has since been named interim S-L-C-C police chief.

Johnson said in the report that there were a number of officers whom he would not have hired. He says it takes more than being able to pass the police academy to be a true law officer.

Johnson says S-L-C-C officers did not undergo pre-employment polygraph exams, psychological evaluations or drug screenings -- which he says exposed the college to significant risk.

The school's police force is expected to become part of the D-P-S in July, and its officer will have to re-certify.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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