Holts Summit extends police coverage to New Bloomfield
HOLTS SUMMIT - After two months without a police department, New Bloomfield finally has one thanks to the city of Holts Summit.
The Holts Summit Board of Alderman voted to approve the Holts Summit police department to cover New Bloomfield Thursday night.
However, the decision has some residents in Holts Summit worried. Long time resident Stan said he hopes the decision does not leave residents in Holts Summit less safe.
"If they would ever go into New Bloomfield, I think it would hurt our protection here in Holts Summit a little bit," he said.
Holts Summit police chief Kyle McIntyre said he doesn't think the extended coverage will put a strain on police resources.
"We usually have a bare minimum of two officer on at any given time. During the day there is a few more administrative staff and a detective. I don't think it will put a strain, there will still always be an officer in Holts Summit," he said.
New Bloomfield resident Mike Lowe said he is excited for Holts Summit police to help out.
"I am really in favor of it because they can enforce the local ordinances and that stuff where the county can't," he said.
Lowe said enforcing local ordinances is an important policing need in New Bloomfield.
"That's a big, big part because that's where we get most of our tickets from, the local ordinances like speeding, not staying at stop signs long enough. Not a lot of people feel that's not real important but it is," he said.
In exchange for six months of coverage, New Bloomfield will pay Holts Summit $20,000. McIntyre said if New Bloomfield wants to continue coverage, the contract will have to be renegotiated.
"It's a trial period. The kind of contract we're looking to enter into expires December 31 at midnight. So if they wanted to continue our services, the contract would have to be renegotiated for next year," McIntyre said.
If everything goes to plan, Holts Summit officers will begin patrolling New Bloomfield in mid-June.