City leaders Monday agreed to an ordinance that will allow Union police officers to work out of a substation located on the campus of East Central College.
The board approved the intergovernmental agreement for the substation that will be located in a white frame building that housed the college’s business office during the renovation of the George H. Buescher Hall.
“This is a plus for everyone,” said Mayor Mike Livengood. “We will have a substation and they will have more security with us on campus.”
That building also has housed the GED program and was once a child care center. There are no other police substations in Union at this time.
Union Police Chief Norman Brune said there will be work stations for officers to write reports, interviews and a break room.
“This enables us to have someplace in the east where officers can go instead of driving back into town,” he said. “There also will be quicker response for calls out there.”
Brune added that the substation will not be an “open office” and there won’t be any officers stationed there. He said it would not be a jail.
He told The Missourian that there have not yet been funds budgeted for the substation and it may not be functional until after this fiscal year, which ends June 30.
There would be no share in the personnel cost for officers who utilize the substation, officials said.
The building would be used by Union police at no cost. ECC will provide office furniture that is not currently in use, designate parking spaces for patrol cars and allow signs to be erected on campus.
The city would be responsible for any maintenance and improvements on the building, separately metered utilities, as well as providing a certificate of insurance with the college listed as an additional insured party and pay all operational costs incurred by the police department.
ECC officials have said that the substation would serve as a deterrent and provide quicker response time to campus incidents.
The substation also would serve as the department’s base of operations for any special event on campus that would involve Union police.
In a meeting with ECC trustees last month, Brune said the facility also could be used in planning for the future.
As things continue to grow, congestion is going to build as it did prior to the Highway 50 widening project, he said.
During that meeting, Brune pointed out that if an officer received an emergency call and he was on the campus, he would respond in an emergency manner, which means red lights and sirens.
Police will not be able to enforce speed limits on campus, except on Audrey Lane, which was adopted by the city. Any crime that is committed will be handled the same as it is now.