Establishment of a police substation at the East Central College campus in Union could occur in early 2012

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Union Mo. - ECC trustees authorized college administrators to enter into an agreement with the City of Union to establish a Union Police Department substation in a vacant building on campus.  That action came at the board’s December 5 meeting.

The proposal now goes to the Union Board of Aldermen for their consideration at a meeting December 12.

Dr. Jon Bauer, Vice President of Finance and Administration at ECC, noted that both the college and police department have discussed the possibility of a substation for several years.  “Until now, we didn’t have any space available for them to use,” Bauer said.  “However, the white frame building near the water tower which formerly housed the GED program is no longer being utilized.”

Union City Administrator Russell Rost noted that much of the growth in Union in recent years has occurred on the east end of town.  “We haven’t had the opportunity for a capital improvement project to set up a substation in this area,” Rost said.

Under the terms of the agreement the college would not hire or share in the personnel costs for officers assigned to the substation.  “The building would be offered to the police department at no cost,” Bauer stated.  “ECC could provide office furniture that is not currently in use and designate parking spaces for patrols cars.”

The city would be responsible for any maintenance or improvements to the building, paying for separately metered utilities, providing a certificate of insurance with the college listed as an additional insured party and paying all operational costs incurred by the police department.

Union Police Chief Norman Brune told trustees that officers would not be permanently assigned to the substation on a 24/7 basis.  He anticipates that the building will be frequently used by patrol officers to complete their reports.  “We will have better response time to incidents that occur on the east end of Union,” stated Brune.  “This will not be a jail or used as a holding facility for prisoners, nor will our staff be serving in a school resource officer capacity at the college.”

Since the campus is in the city limits, Union police already have jurisdiction when events occur at the college.

The intergovernmental agreement will specify the responsibilities of both the city and the college, and would provide the option for either party to give 30 days notice to terminate the agreement for any reason.

The college will work with the police department on a precise timeline, but Bauer said he is hopeful the substation could be in operation no later than February.