University City considers building smaller police stations inste -

University City considers building smaller police stations instead of new headquarters

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It’s been nearly two years since the University City Police Department was forced out of their headquarters due to leaks and mold, moving into temporary trailers. But a new city manager is looking at a unique alternative to the future of the police station.

Gregory Rose took on the role of city manager last fall and he said during his interview the building a new police department was discussed.

“I have a different idea, I would like to have smaller facilities located around the city and the reason for that is an attempt to stabilize different areas in our community,” said Rose.

Rose said the concept saw success in other cities he worked.

“It’s an effective approach, it’s not a silver bullet,” said Rose.

Residents who spoke to News 4 were optimistic about the idea. Francene Wallace lost her son to gun violence in 2014. Just last week, two people were shot on her street north of Heman Park.

“It may help, it may help,” said Wallace. “I hope and pray that it can.”

Rose said they would keep a location next to the Delmar Loop and then decide based on crime data where to put the other stations.

News 4 analyzed the crime data for the last six months of 2017, the most recent available, and found the three areas with the highest incidents were the South East region which includes the Loop, the North East region and the North Central region where Wallace lives.

Back in 2016, a renovation of the old police headquarters in city hall were quoted as $25 million with the council choosing to build a new department at the cost of $12 million.

Rose says the smaller stations would cost between $4-6 million.

He hopes to bring the idea to the council and community soon.

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