- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State University has added a Special Victims Unit to its campus police department to cover special crimes reported on any of its four campuses.

KPHO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1LylXNU ) two detectives are now responsible for investigating cases involving sexual violence, physical abuse, domestic violence and crimes against children. The detectives will investigate special crimes reported by students, faculty and visitors to the school.

ASU has seen a drop in reported campus sexual assaults from nearly 5 percent to 3 percent since last year. ASU Assistant Chief of Police Patrick Foster says the department is focusing on new ways to cut those numbers even further.

The new SVU detectives will work with other agencies outside of the university, such as the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, to handle the investigations.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/

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