Jones measure to require private security guards to report crimes clears committee

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Jones measure to require private security guards to report crimes clears committee

LANSING— Legislation that would require private security guards or private college security forces to notify a law enforcement agency when a crime is committed was approved on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

Senate Bill 1321 was introduced in response to more than one instance of criminal activity going unreported at Andrews University, a private college, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  

Another example of untimely reporting occurred on the campus of the University of Michigan. A resident found several files containing child pornography on a computer in a locked lounge where residents work in the Pediatric Emergency Department. The resident met with their supervisors and hospital security officials, sharing what she had seen and showing them the computer. She also met with the general counsel’s office and told them about it.  The matter was considered closed a few days after the report was made.

However, university officials waited another six months before reporting the incident to university police.

“This crime should have been reported immediately,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “The fact that they turned a blind eye to this for six month is completely unacceptable. I do not want a cover-up like the one that took place at Penn State University, to take place in Michigan.”

Jones’ bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

 

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