According to Mayor David Malone’s Conference Agenda, SSU has requested the agreement to improve safety for citizens by extending jurisdiction of the Shawnee State University Police Department to include streets, alleyways and sidewalks passing through or adjacent to the properties.
SSU Director of Communications Elizabeth Blevins said the memorandum of understanding is standard practice between law enforcement agencies.
“And where we’re establishing a police department, this is part of that whole process that we’re seeking an agreement with the city that allows the city to call on us for back-up if they need to,” Blevins said.
According to the background on the resolution, “Nothing in this mutual aid agreement is intended to alter the provision of fire and emergency medical services by the city to Shawnee. In the event of an emergency situation requiring mutual aid police services, the party receiving the request shall furnish such services, if available. In the event of a non-emergency situation, the party receiving the request for mutual aid police services may furnish such services as it deems appropriate.”
“It also allows our officers, if they are on regular patrol for the university, and they are in our patrol zone, and they happen to notice a crime being committed outside our zone, it allows them to respond until the city police can get there,” Blevins said. “So they would respond and contact the (Portsmouth) police and it allows them to do that.“
Blevins said it also allows the current city dispatch to call on the campus police where needed.
“Say someone on university property calls 911, it allows their dispatcher to dispatch one of our units,” Blevins.
If Council brings it up at the next regular session it can be passed on first reading since it is in the form of a resolution.
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