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KU police move to new office space

August 12, 2006

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After more than 20 years of crime-fighting atop Carruth-O'Leary Hall, the Kansas University campus police department has moved to a more spacious home in the renovated former KU printing-services building at 1501 Crestline Drive.

The move and renovation in late July, expected to cost $650,000, increased the department's space from roughly 7,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

"There was no question that they needed both additional space and better space," said Don Steeples, KU's vice provost for scholarly support, who oversees campus space allocation.

One advantage of the new space, Chief Ralph Oliver said, is that student workers who monitor campus surveillance cameras will be in the same room as dispatchers. The office also has a conference room, which Oliver said could be used for training with on-campus groups such as fraternities and sororities.

The locker room includes a shower, something officers didn't have at the old office. The wooden lockers were handcrafted by KU Facilities Operations workers, with built-in shoe lockers and electrical outlets for charging phones.

A vestibule at the building's public entrance will be open around the clock.

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