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Ariz. community college looks to boost security

Ariz. community college looks to boost security

CREATED Mar. 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar. 23, 2013

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tuition could be going up for students at Maricopa Community Colleges.

The governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District on Tuesday will consider a tuition increase that would pay for more security at its many campuses.

The head of the system's public safety department, Police Chief Mikel Longman, is seeking $2 million to increase his staff by 50 percent with 23 new certified, armed officers.

The Arizona Republic reports that Longman was hired last year to consolidate the 10 colleges' public safety units. His plan would add one or two officers to each campus. Currently, some smaller satellite campuses don't have any officers.

The most recent crime statistics for the campuses show there were no murders, robberies or arsons in 2011. However, there were numerous burglaries, vehicle thefts, weapons violations and sexual assaults.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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