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Patrick Henry Community College police force OK'd

Wednesday - 5/1/2013, 10:10am  ET

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Patrick Henry Community College has won approval to establish a campus police department.

The college received an affidavit certified by Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday authorizing a campus police department.

Patrick Henry vice president Ron Epperly tells the Martinsville Bulletin ( ) that Gary Dove will serve as chief of the new department. Dove previously served as the college's emergency planning coordinator. He's a retired Martinsville Police Department lieutenant.

Epperly says another full-time officer will be hired.

The department will operate during business hours. Security guards will work on weekends and at other times when the college isn't operating.


Information from: Martinsville Bulletin,

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