Please call the Blue Springs Police Department.

Please call the Blue Springs Police Department.

Not with a crime tip (although that’s fine, too), but a location tip for the department’s last satellite office.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said Tuesday he is still searching for that last location in District 1, a struggle that began last summer and continues as the days go by.

While he doesn’t feel the lack of a satellite office in that district hurts the area, McCoy said the last such office would be a benefit.

“We have good connections with the residents already, but this would just make them that much stronger,” he said.

Two offices – at the Villas of Autumn Bend and the Autumn Place complex – are open and functioning, and McCoy has said they have been a success.

But finding the last office in District 1 is proving difficult.

“A lot of it has to do with the fact that that district is mostly residential, and I don’t think people are willing to give us their homes,” he said.

Still, McCoy is asking that anyone with a small office, a store front or applicable building to donate the space.

Those existing offices are individually called the Community Crime Prevention satellite office. Operating at each is a crime prevention officer, who is available on site from 5-7 p.m. each Tuesday. The office at the Villas of Autumn Bend is open during the same times but on Thursdays.

Discussions at the site include how residents can protect themselves and their property; ID theft prevention; and identifying drug activity. Free brochures are available at the site, with topics including personal safety, property protection and ensuring child safety.

Crime prevention officers can also provide bicycle registration materials at the office, as well as the means to engrave identifying information on electronics and other valuables. Also using the facility will be the citizen academy alumni group, volunteers in policing service, and neighborhood watch groups.

The offices are designed to encourage interaction with citizens, as well as provide a provide a conspicuous presence of police in the neighborhoods.

The location of the last satellite office isn’t the only thing on McCoy’s mind, however. On Monday, he attended a work session with city staff and members of the Blue Springs City Council to discuss several citywide issues.

Part of the city’s capital improvement projects include a mandated public safety radio communication system. To switch to digital, the city expects the cost to be about $10 million, which would include equipment and dispatch center changes/upgrades.

The city must convert by or on Dec. 31, 2012.

“There was some good insight into this issue,” McCoy said, adding that Monday’s meeting was more informational than problem solving.

The Capital Improvement Projects Committee, comprised of council members Jeanie Lauer, Kent Edmondson, Ron Fowler and Planning Commission members Mark Trosen and Lynn Banks and city staff, were charged with devising cost estimates and prioritizing several capital improvement projects, including public safety issues.

Lauer said the radio system upgrades would give the city the ability to communicate with other departments – among other features.

“The city is on the right track to meeting this mandate,” Lauer said.