Section 16-47A-12

Police officers.

(a) The president of the university may appoint and employ suitable persons to act as police officers to keep off intruders and prevent trespass upon and damage to the property and grounds of the university. Such persons shall be charged with all the duties and invested with all the powers of police officers and may eject trespassers from the university buildings and grounds, and may, without a warrant, arrest any person guilty of disorderly conduct or of trespass upon the property of the university or of any public offense committed in their presence, and take them before the nearest district court, before which, upon proper affidavit charging the offense, any person so arrested may be tried and convicted as in cases of persons brought before him or her on his or her warrant. Such officers, with a warrant, may arrest any person found upon or near the premises of the university charged with any public offense and take them before any proper officer.

(b) The police officers provided for in this section shall cooperate with and, when requested, furnish assistance to the regularly constituted authorities of the City of Athens and Limestone County and their jurisdictions and authority shall be coextensive within the corporate limits of each municipality or county.

(Act 2012-497, p. 1460, §13.)