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Question #92079 posted on 03/05/2019 10:40 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

With the certification challenges BYU police are having, if they are decertified will they still be able to write parking tickets? Also if not will regular parking lot enforcement continue to be run?

-Parking Perpetrator


Dear you,

If they are decertified, according to the Deseret News "Once the decertification is finalized, the BYU Police Department would essentially have the same powers as a private security company. It would not be recognized by the state's Peace Officer Standards and Training or other departments as a law enforcement agency and its employees would not have the power to arrest people." I read several articles, and they would also not have the power to write tickets. However, that doesn't mean that you're off the hook.

BYU is private property so they do have certain rights over managing parking on their property. If decertified BYU could patrol parking like all the apartment complexes do around here. They couldn't write tickets, but they could boot or tow your car and charge ridiculous fines. Either BYU could run this themselves, or they could contract out to a third party company like most apartment complexes do. Personally, I feel like while BYU is harsh with their parking, in my experience the third party parking enforcers are even worse. So hopefully BYU Police will get their other issues figured out, because as annoying as parking tickets are, booting and towing cars is just evil in my opinion.