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This has all pretty much been asked and answered ad-nauseum for well over three decades now. There exists NO rational, logical, or practical "reason why state campus PDs are sworn in under MGL Ch22C section 63". SSPO powers at the State Schools are an unnecessary and confusing issue. No state School should have EVER sought out SSPO warrants. In your scenario above, there are already TWO statutes granting Police authority AND inferring CH. 90 powers. (See MGL CH90C/s.1 definitions) Carefully research COMMONWEALTH V. RALPH BAEZ (1994) and COMMONWEALTH V. MULLEN (1996). Understand you may become confused at the contradictions in these two cases.

MGL CH 15A/s.22 Said rules and regulations shall be enforced by persons in the employ of the institution who throughout the property of the institution shall have the powers of police officers, except as to the service of civil process.

MGL CH 73/s.18 The trustees may appoint as police officers persons in the employ of such university who in the enforcement of said rules and regulations and throughout the property of such university shall have the powers of police officers, except as to service of civil process.

You already have two (2) clear and distinct statutes granting full police powers to STATE SCHOOLS. Why in the name of all that is holy and factual would you EVER seek SSPO redundancy? Check out the language of all three statutes. There really is no difference in jurisdiction. NONE! In a few case Deputy Sheriff powers utilized at some schools raised the extraneous jurisdictional issue. I was told years ago, that AFSCME actually had a hand in introducing "Derr Colonel" and SSPO into the mix. In any event it was and is a serious mistake. take a look below and explain to the world how the SSPO statute gives you ANYTHING beyond what the legislature granted in the other two (2) statutes. Good luck!
BTW, Title makes no sense as SSPO is a statutory authority as well.

MGL CH22C/s.63 and they shall have the same power to make arrests as regular police officers for any criminal offense committed in or upon lands or structures owned, used or occupied by such college, university, or other institution or hospital.

FUCK SSPO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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“Pursuant to the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 15A, § 22, and Chapter 73, § 18, the Board of Trustees at Bridgewater State University has established the Bridgewater State University Police Department; and the Board has invested the department all the same powers, authority, immunities, and privileges of state and municipal police officers, including but not limited to the power to make arrests, to handle prisoners, and to enforce all traffic laws on streets and highways, throughout the property owned, leased, used, or controlled by the university or of the property owned by the Bridgewater State University Foundation.”
SSPO at state university is more than likely a “ this is what we’ve always done so we’re just going to continue to do it” type deal or just a case of ignorance in regards to the matter. Clearly Bridgewater State isn’t having any problems….
This 110% as I and MANY others have been saying for DECADES here. Chief Tillinghast at BSU threw off the SSPO yoke years and years ago, as well as a couple of the Community Colleges. SSPO at a state school is an unnecessary and confusing issue. It gives you NOTHING better, extra, magical, or superior to the authority granted by Chapters 15A/s.22 or 73/s.18 for God's sake!
 
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