Published Thu, Dec 1, 2011 9:12 am Dateline
Ohio State University has decided to ask Columbus officials for the power to let the school's police force add off-campus areas to its territory.
The move is part of a plan announced Wednesday by a panel assembled by University President E. Gordon Gee in response to recent robberies in nearby neighborhoods.
City safety officials are holding off on commenting about the off-campus patrols until they receive the request from Ohio State.
But police union President Jim Gilbert has had misgivings, saying policing in the city of Columbus is the job of city officers.
The university committee also wants to improve security by obtaining two new nighttime shuttle vans for students and by enhancing a program that alerts students about crime.