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Archive for Monday, May 16, 2011

Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell says city commission likely to hold study session on long-term police department goals

May 16, 2011

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Lawrence City commissioners are scheduled to discuss the budget during a study session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, but Mayor Aron Cromwell said the commission likely will have a separate study session later just about long-term goals and plans for the Lawrence Police Department.

Police Chief Tarik Khatib’s memo on the department’s issues includes requests for equipment and brings up a desire to have the department housed in one facility — even mentioning approaching the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas University Public Safety Office about a possible shared building. Khatib also called it “extremely beneficial” to include other departments in the discussion, such as Douglas County Emergency Management and Lawrence Municipal Court.

The police department is now split, largely with the patrol division downtown — in the same building with the district court, district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office — and the investigations division and most administration near Bob Billings Parkway and Wakarusa Drive in west Lawrence.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 3 years, 7 months ago

In Topeka's Law Enforcement Center both share the same building. It helps by knowing each other better, sharing information, and resources. I do not advocate combining the two departments, as their duties are somewhat different. They do benefit by sharing the same building, however. Thank you, Lynn

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