University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Arkansas legislators weighing reduced access to police info

University of Arkansas officials were alarmed to receive a request for information about the police officers assigned to work a 2015 football game, particularly because it arrived just five days after a terrorist attack at a stadium in France.

The officials determined nothing in state law prevents public disclosure of such security plans, so they set out to change it. Their solution, which passed the state Senate on Thursday, would go much further and authorize what some critics say amounts to secret police forces at Arkansas' 33 public colleges and universities.

"It's about safety and security on the campus," said Ben Beaumont, spokesman for the University of...