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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Oklahoma Baptist University police promote safety, patrol streets around campus

  • As time nears for college students to begin fall classes at Oklahoma Baptist University, OBU police are watching streets adjacent to the college as speeding has been a problem recently, especially on MacArthur Street.


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  • As time nears for college students to begin fall classes at Oklahoma Baptist University, OBU police are watching streets adjacent to the college as speeding has been a problem recently, especially on MacArthur Street.
    While Shawnee police patrol city streets, OBU has its own police department with state certified police officers who also have authority to patrol around campus and write citations.
    University Police Chief David Shannon said running of red lights around campus as well as speeding issues on MacAthur Street have been a common problem. The 25 mph speed zone in the stretch between Kickapoo and Airport Drive is in the campus zone,  he said, so many students and employees use the crosswalks and therefore safety is the main concern.
    Most speeders are going at least 20 mph over the limit, he said, and some even more.
    “No one is going 25 — we rarely see someone at the speed limit,” he said.
    As far as recent tickets, they’ve issued some nearly every day this past week, Shannon said.
    “The slowest one was going 43 mph in a 25,” Shannon said.
    OBU has both campus police officers as well as security officers. The police officers, who wear green uniforms with patches that read “Police” and “OBU,”  have police jurisdiction on any roadways adjacent to the university and also can enforce city ordinances, he said.
    Any traffic stops would be conducted by the university police officers who will always be in a marked police cars, Shannon said.
    “We’re here to protect the students of this university, as well as visitors and people driving in our area,” Shannon said.
    The university police department was established in 2009.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said SPD and OBU police have an interlocal agreement and University police officers have jurisdiction for traffic stops just as any Shawnee police officer would.
    If OBU police issue someone a speeding ticket, the driver goes before Shawnee Municipal Court, Frantz said.
    Anyone with questions about OBU police can call 878-6000.
     

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