The University of Rochester now has a team of peace officers working around campus. The 23 public safety officers now have new status as part of the University's Department of Public Safety.
The new peace officers were sworn-in Wednesday at the U of R. They completed five months of training.
A peace officer has the sworn authority to make arrests, complete warrantless searches, and investigate criminal and non-criminal offenses on University property.
University peace officers and public safety staff do not carry firearms.
A U of R student was stabbed to death by a former classmate at a fraternity party in January 2011. Rochester Police officers had to be called to help in the investigation and arrest.
"It means peace of mind to parents, faculty and staff, and that makes an enormous difference. This is not a dangerous campus but occasionally things occur and we want to provide the safest possible campus," said university president Joel Seligman.
The U of R says the peace officers receive an additional 400 hours of instruction at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility.
The second class of 28 candidates will complete training next February.