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BUDGET CUTS LEAVE HASKELL SECURITY GAP

August 26, 1999

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Haskell Indian Nations University officials hope to get some help from the Lawrence Police Department to keep their campus safe.

Budget cuts have left Haskell Indian Nations University with only one security officer, and the college is looking to the Lawrence Police Department for possible assistance.

Haskell officials are meeting today with police leaders, said Don Cardinal, the lone security officer left at the school.

Five other officers used to work with Cardinal, Haskell's security supervisor, but they have been reassigned to other campus jobs, he said.

Three of the security officers are working in the custodial department, and two are working in residence halls, Cardinal said.

The cutback in security officers has Cardinal worried.

"There's a number of concerns that have been brought to our attention from staff and students," he said. "It resulted from funding."

The security staff's budget was reduced from $210,000 to $38,000, Cardinal said.

On Friday, Haskell presented the Bureau of Indian Affairs with a proposed $300,000 budget for security, including campus lighting and six security officers.

One of the issues Cardinal will talk about today with police officials is a three-year community policing grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that could help keep Haskell covered.

Cardinal, who joined the college's staff after working for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said Haskell wants to keep LPD involved because the security reduction "impacts their officers as well as the sheriff's department."

Sgt. George Wheeler said Lawrence police have jurisdiction on the Haskell campus.

"Haskell has not given their people police authority," Wheeler said, noting that the college's security officers have not had arrest powers.

Police normally do not patrol the campus, but they do respond when called, Wheeler said.

"Haskell security did a lot of things other than what we do," he said.

For example, police would not enforce campus rules.

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is dgruver@ljworld.com.

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