Safety and Efficiency Improvements
The Government Center Needs Analysis
highlights many concerns with the Police Department facility regarding safety and security. These include
Emergency vehicle access and egress:
The Police Department’s current facility, which it shares with the Government Center and Community Center, has only one entrance and exit. Emergency vehicles often encounter conflict with pedestrian and vehicular traffic when trying to respond to incidents. Not only does this create a hazardous situation, it can also delay emergency response.
Unsecured emergency exits:
Building and fire codes require exit points for the public during an emergency, however, many of the current facilities’ exit points take the public through areas that should be restricted, such as the hallway leading to the boiler room, cooling tower and generator.
Jail cell conflicts:
State law requires sight and sound separation between juvenile and adult detainees. The current facility lacks space for a dedicated juvenile holding area, so to comply with state law, adult detainees must be removed when juvenile detainees are brought into the facility.
In addition to safety and security concerns, the Needs Analysis Report also highlights concerns with space and overcrowding. The current facility was originally designed as a school and does not provide an efficient layout for a police department headquarters. Though the Police Department employees work as a team, their offices are spread across three different areas throughout the building, creating a disjointed work environment. The facility also lacks adequate storage and training space. The new police facility creates a plan for the future and would allow the current city offices to expand and remodel once the police department moves out.
Addressing these concerns is not only important for improving efficiency and maintaining community safety, but they are also important for the department to maintain accreditation. The citizens of Creve Coeur are served by an internationally accredited law enforcement agency certified by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). To maintain accreditation, they must meet certain safety standards. While the department currently meets all standards, should the criteria be revised, remaining in the current building could make it more difficult for the department to maintain accreditation.
“The men and women of the Creve Coeur Police Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to all citizens and to maintaining a safe community,” said Captain Tim Koncki. “A new police station would provide improved training facilities, increased building security and enhanced workflow and efficiency to help our department continue to provide our residents with excellent service.”
Security and overcrowding are examples of some of the many concerns included in the Facilities Needs Analysis. Other concerns include lack of a dedicated Emergency Operation Center, extensive plumbing deficiencies, and unsafe parking configuration.