Local police now have the authority to deal with some sex crimes at the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), as the university continues to deal with the fallout of its second sexual assault scandal in a decade.

The US Department of Transportation, which oversees the Long Island maritime university, and New York state on Friday announced an agreement for “concurrent jurisdiction” on campus and on any other property controlled by the academy.

The agreement means the Nassau County Police Department and the Kings Point Police Department can investigate misdemeanour sex crimes and most felonies and make arrests, while the Nassau County District Attorney has the authority to prosecute those crimes.