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Utah officials end effort to eliminate BYU’s police department

The decision concludes a two-year effort tied to a lieutenant’s use of police data to help the Honor Code Office.
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Posted at 5:35 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 07:39:33-05

PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University’s police force is here to stay, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

State officials announced Tuesday that they won’t appeal an administrative law judge’s decision to dismiss the state’s effort to strip the private university of its police powers.

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That decision ended a two-year battle where the Department of Public Safety took the unprecedented action of seeking to decertify the entire department after the state said BYU police failed to conduct a proper internal investigation into a lieutenant who inappropriately accessed police reports and passed information to the school’s Honor Code Office.

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DPS Commissioner Jess Anderson wrote in a letter to BYU’s police chief that he respected Administrative Law Judge Richard Catten’s decision, saying it identified a lack of clarity in the law.

Click here to read the full story from The Salt Lake Tribune.