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University adding police force to campus

DECATUR -- College students are getting a new line of defense.
DECATUR -- College students are getting a new line of defense. Millikin University is adding a police department. So far, it has a Chief of Police. He says he expects to add three officers in the next few months.

The plan is to start active patrols in February. Chief Chris Ballard says it's just another way for them to make sure students are staying safe.

Chief Ballard says a hybrid department will add to security workers already working. He says officers will still count on city police and his department can offer backup when it's needed for issues near campus.

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