Eastern Michigan University hires 3 more officers in aim to boost on, off-campus patrols

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YPSILANTI, Michigan — Eastern Michigan University has hired three police officers as part of a larger plan to boost security on and around campus following the slayings of two students since late 2012 and other assaults.

The Ypsilanti school said that the officers were sworn in Monday afternoon. The hires bring the department's total number of officers to 43, and three more are expected later this fall.

Plans for the changes followed the December 2012 bathtub drowning of student Julia Niswender in her off-campus apartment that was ruled a homicide. Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed was fatally shot in October during a possible robbery at an off-campus apartment building.

Other recent safety measures include adding security cameras and lighting.

Eastern Michigan is about 30 miles southwest of Detroit.

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