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Jun 18, 6:36 PM EDT

Bend, community college outline campus public safety


BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Central Oregon Community College will call Bend Police as soon as possible when notified of a crime, under a new agreement it signed with the city of Bend over public safety.

The Bend Bulletin reported (https://is.gd/4V8HPI ) Thursday that under the memorandum of understanding signed last month, the college agreed not to carry out investigations off campus and to avoid using uniforms and vehicles that closely resemble Bend Police.

Scrutiny of the college's enforcement intensified last year when campus public safety officer Edwin Lara was charged with killing 22-year-old Kaylee Sawyer on July 24.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel had said many of the college's public safety operations were illegal though school officials denied wrongdoing.

College spokesman Ron Paradis says the parties were able to get an agreement where everyone is comfortable.

He says college campus officers are still told not to make arrests, but the May agreement reserves their right to do so.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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