TEMPE, AZ - For years, ASU has borrowed resources from Tempe Police Department and the City of Tempe for special events. However, that free ride will soon come to an end.
Lt. Mike Pooley says Tempe Police Department and the city of Tempe absorb the costs when ASU borrows resources from them.
Often times, Tempe officers help with football games and events.
However, the university and Tempe police department are working on an mutual aid agreement where ASU will pay for the extra resources.
“Right now we’re in the beginning phases of resources that ASU will pay for and what resources Tempe Police Department will pay for,” said Pooley.
Currently ASU has 78 patrol officers, which is less than the recommended amount for the size of the university.
The 78 officers cover all of ASU’s Tempe, Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix, and West campuses.
According to the President of International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) David Perry, universities are encouraged to follow the same FBI formula for staffing that other city police departments follow. Essentially it’s 2.1 officers per 1,000 students.
According to the equation, ASU should have around 153 patrol officers.
However Perry says the formula can be tricky because often times a college has to deal with the hand it’s given.
“They're strapped in a tough position between getting the professors, academia and resources they need for the university and at the same time that they can spread those funds out.”
Besides the FBI equation, a university can also determine its staffing levels based on environmental factors, enrollment size and how many properties it has.
ASU declined multiple on-camera interviews from ABC-15 on this matter.
Michelle Rourke, a spokeswoman for ASU gave the following data for patrol officers at ASU:
July 2014 – total sworn: 78
January 2014 - total sworn: 74
July 2013 – total sworn: 66
July 2012 –total sworn: 65
Julie Newberg, also with ASU, released this statement:
“ASU is working in close conjunction with the Tempe Police Department on numerous efforts to address student safety. These include the party patrol, Safe and Sober campaign, DUI taskforce and traffic enforcement. The Tempe Police Department will join ASU Police Department personnel on campus for back-to-school and move-in events to convey safety messages to students.”
Pooley says there have been times where ASU paid for Tempe Police Department’s bomb technicians and threat assessment teams to check areas before some large events, including football games.
Pooley also says last year ASU paid for some of the traffic control during commencement.