FAIRBORN — The Fairborn and Wright State Police Departments will continue to work together to keep students and citizens safe.
During Monday’s meeting, city council unanimously approved a revised 4-year mutual aid agreement between the two law enforcement agencies that will take effect July 1. The agreement identifies shared resources and primary enforcement of concurrent locations owned by Wright State University that are located within city limits.
According to Fairborn Police Chief Terry Barlow, the original agreement, which expires on June 30, was put in place when the College Park dorms were built on Zink Road roughly eight years ago.
“That’s all college housing for Wright State but it’s within in the proper city limits of Fairborn,” he said. “This agreement was drawn up then so Wright State could house their own issues, so to speak, so they knew what was going on within their little community. They would call us out for some felonies and things like that in the past but not much.”
Mutual aid agreements are generally utilized in the event of an emergency requiring the need for personnel or resources when there is no time available to plan or react. The Wright State Police Department and Fairborn Police Department already work together on a routine basis and have many areas of joint jurisdiction.
The new agreement includes existing areas but also addresses the National Center for Medical Readiness, also known as Calamityville, and any other locations in the city that Wright State University might be relocating services to in the future.
“Wright State University is a good neighbor and the ability to provide quality services to our citizens and their students depends on collaborative policing,” Barlow said.
According to the agreement, Wright State will respond to calls and patrol the housing complex as well as Calamityville on Xenia Drive. Either department may respond based on criteria in agreement, when both are called to respond, the Fairborn Police Department will have primary jurisdiction.
Wright State officers will provide routine patrol and will enforce on-site criminal and traffic violations. All felony crimes will be investigated by Wright State and investigative resources will be made available by the Fairborn Police Department. Copies of these reports will then be provided to Fairborn. Both departments will provide regular reports regarding call activity.