The City of Blue Springs takes great pride in the quality of public safety services provided to residents and businesses.
In May of 2009, the Mayor and City Council
re-established the Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board based on
feedback from citizens. This board was charged with providing both
short- and long-term recommendations regarding public safety in Blue
Springs. In September 2010, the City Council asked the board to provide
an assessment and recommendations for law enforcement needs in Blue
The board’s analysis showed the following:
Outdated primary / emergency radio communications system that is not
compliant with the unfunded 2013 Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Narrowbanding Mandate that requires compliance by January 1, 2013
Current radio system is over 20 years old, replacement parts are hard
to locate and officers cannot directly communicate with other emergency
Increase in calls requiring multiple officers
Increased number of times when all officers are committed and unavailable to respond to calls
Current staffing is below the regional average for full time officers per thousand residents
An outdated and space deficient facility for current and future public safety requirements.
In November 2010, the board recommended a dedicated Public Safety Sales
Tax to address the needs found in their assessment. The board reviewed
the city’s existing sales tax rate, best practices of other metro cities
and capital, and operating needs before giving this recommendation.
In April 2011, voters approved the Dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax.
This dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax provides equipment, personnel,