BYU appeals as state seeks to decertify school’s police

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University has vowed to fight to keep its police department, as the state plans to decertify the force.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the private university on Friday filed a formal appeal with the Utah Department of Public Safety, calling the state’s efforts an “extreme and unprecedented action.”

The state Department of Public Safety announced last month that it wants to sanction BYU’s police department for several violations.

If BYU’s appeal is unsuccessful, the decertification would go into effect Sept. 1.

Attorneys for BYU argue that Public Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson overstepped his authority in seeking the decertification, and violated BYU’s rights to due process. They also say the state is treating the department differently than other agencies in Utah.

DPS officials confirmed Friday that the department received the appeal but declined to comment further.

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1 Comment

  • Warren s Pugh March 24, 2019 at 4:17 am Reply

    Whatever the violation I, of course, have issue without knowing the complaints.
    To wit, should a police agency not be closed down when it has an accountable killing or two on its record.? Or ow about poor police drivers?

    While you are at it department of public safety:
    1. Get cops out of our schools. Schools are becoming like prisons.
    2. Might not be a safety issue, but our highways have trash, garbage,
    dirt and gravel on our medians, shoulders and biways. Clean it up.
    3. There are several hundred city street signs covered by shrubs and trees.
    4. There are several thousand big pickups with low beams worse than
    high beams.
    5. Support for officers in court is lacking. They too are innocent until
    proven guilty.
    6. Unless you have noticed, your background check system is terribly
    flawed. It has become an expensive racket to boot. PERIOD.

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