Kingdom City Hires Highway Patrol
So, Kingdom City is going to pay the Missouri State Highway Patrol to staff a substation in the Heart of Missouri Tourism Center at the junction of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 54.
"Just the presence will deter crime," said Ron Atkinson, who owns a nearby gasoline station he's remodeling. He said a former patrol station helped reduce robberies.
"When it closed a number of years ago, we had two since and a number of drive-offs," he added. "Just the presence of the highway patrol is a very positive thing."
Officials hope the presence will stop people who drive off without paying at the gas pumps.
"Just the fact that uniformed officers coming and going through the area, I think, will make a lot of difference," said Fred Atkinson of the Callaway County Tourism Board which donated space for the substation.
Kingdom City would have to spend $100,000 to set up a police department. But, bringing in the Missouri State Highway Patrol will cost only $4,000.