The Monroe Police Department building. The city is in the process of a facilities study to determine whether to build a new public safety building for both police and fire, or separate stations for each. STAFF FILE/2016
“I think it’s more about marketing it to community, instead of putting police against fire and then having one of them pass and the other one not,” she said. “I think that would be the biggest benefit because then we know they both either pass or they both fail.”
Brock noted that the fire department has “grown by seven employees” through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The $1 million award covers the cost of hiring seven new firefighters for two years and pays for payroll, benefits, insurance and retirement. Brock said a new levy would help sustain those positions after the grants end.
The city is also in the process of a facilities study to determine whether to build a new public safety building for both police and fire, or separate stations for each.
The city’s police department headquarters was built in 1999 to house 18 police staffers. The building is now home to 40 employees, according to Police Chief Bob Buchanan.