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Sept. 11, 2014
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For more than two decades Northwest Missouri State University’s University Police and Purchasing departments were housed in a cramped building that was meant to be temporary. But Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski no longer has to apologize to University Police Clarence Green or Director of Purchasing Ann Martin for that.
During a ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 10, the staff members of the two departments cut the ribbon – Purchasing staff cut a ribbon of print money and University Police cut yellow police tape – at the entrance to their new headquarters, which they moved into July 28.
“I’ve apologized to Clarence and to Ann over and over and over,” Jasinski said during his remarks. “I’m in my sixth year (as president). If I had my way, we would have moved them six years ago. Didn’t happen. Doesn’t matter. That’s yesterday. You guys are in a new facility today.”
The facility, known as the Support Services Building, is located at the northwest corner of the campus and replaces their former building at the east edge of campus on West Ninth Street. Jainski also noted the new facility is debt-free facility through the University’s emphasis on being a good financial steward.
Northwest’s Board of Regents in November 2013 approved a resolution authorizing the execution of a construction contract with EL Crawford Construction Inc. to build the 7,300 square-foot metal building. The project cost about $1.65 million.
Green and Martin thanked Northwest administrators and the University’s Board of Regents for their support of the project and said the new facility will help to enhance the quality services their departments provide to the campus and surrounding communities.
“It’s such a pleasure to work and serve in a community where you have that trust and value placed on you,” Green said. “We know with trust and value there comes heavy expectations. We know the bar rises, and we’re willing to accept that challenge. I’ll guarantee you the services and the new opportunities we’re going to be able to provide by having this new facility will be refined in our approaches and we’ll have some innovation.”
Community collaboration was on display as the ceremony began with a parade of University Police and Purchasing vehicles. Joining the parade, which traveled on College Park Drive to the new Support Services Building, were emergency vehicles representing Maryville Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Nodaway County Ambulance District.
After the ribbon-cutting, University employees, students and community members got a glimpse of the services University Police and Purchasing provide. In addition to tours of the building, guests were offered chances to drive a golf cart while wearing beer goggles to simulate drunken driving, or they could try firing a Taser at a practice target.
Among the improvements in the new facility are a larger dispatch center and more secure areas for data entry, record keeping and storage, among other operations. The new dispatch center also is built as a storm shelter.
Additionally, the new building includes a large conference room, interview rooms, a finger-printing station, evidence rooms, an armory for weapon and equipment storage, and men’s and women’s locker rooms.
For the Purchasing department, the new building is creating efficiencies in its operations. Purchasing units and staff members are now working in one location, rather than being separated by multiple locations across the campus as they were previously.
University Police, which consists of state-commissioned police officers, full-time dispatchers, and student employees, is responsible for all law enforcement, emergency management and safety on the Northwest campus. The department, consisting of 14 full-time staff members and more than 50 student employees, is staffed with officers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
University Police officers are charged with maintaining order, preserving peace, investigating crimes and making arrests. The department enforces federal, state, local and University policies, procedures and laws, and it works closely with outside law enforcement agencies.
Student satisfaction surveys regarding safety and security rank Northwest’s University Police Department second in its peer group of college institutions. Additionally, Northwest University Police surveys of victims and individuals accused of crimes score the quality of officers’ and call takers’ response at 86 percent, placing Northwest in 99th percentile nationally among colleges in regard to how victims and accused individuals view responding police departments.
For more information about University Police, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/police/.
Purchasing, which is staffed by eight full-time employees and six student employees, is responsible for acquiring materials and services for the University, under the delegation of the state of Missouri and purchasing and materials statutes. It also handles the shipping and receiving of packages on campus, coordinates surplus auctions and offers moving services on the campus.
Purchasing monitors 14 requirements for construction projects, including prevailing wage, OSHA safety rules and other contractor responsibilities in compliance with state statutes.
While most customers purchase commodities under $3,000 directly, purchases of more than $3,000 require the use of multiple contracts through the state of Missouri, University or cooperative contracts, sole source, and a bidding process.
Through its Purchasing office, Northwest realizes nearly $200,000 annually in savings through its competitive bidding process. Last year, it conducted 14 sales, which brought in more than $88,000.
Additionally, the moving crew completes about 2,000 work orders and handles 120,000 pieces annually. Purchasing handles about $16 million dollars in purchase orders.
An educational services consortium, comprised of a public school buying group of 116 members, has resulted in more than $1 million dollars in sales for purchasing, custodial, athletic, office and food supplies.
For more information about the Office of Purchasing, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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