Riley County police prep for Fake Patty’s Day

By Bethany Knipp

The Riley County Police Department is ready for Fake Patty’s Day.

Police administration and Riley County law board members discussed the issue at a meeting Tuesday.

“We’re ready for it. We don’t have any real changes in the plans from last year,” Captain Kurt Moldrup of the RCPD said.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 8.

The police department will bring in five other agencies – the police departments from Hays, Junction City and Emporia, along with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office – to help with law enforcement as thousands of people attend festivities in Aggieville.

RCPD Director Brad Schoen said the agency might have to add a line item for the increasing costs of extra police force for the event in the budget agenda.

“I think from the visiting law enforcement perspective, the entertainment value of coming over and just donating their time is kind of going by the wayside,” RCPD director Brad Schoen said.

He said more and more agencies are billing the department for time.

“If they know they’re going to be committing resources to us on an annual basis and it has a significant impact on them, you’ll see on our end the expenses associated with it are going to go up,” he said.

The law board scheduled the RCPD’s budget workshops for March 6 and 17. 

At the meeting, the law board members also unanimously approved the director’s new contract.

Schoen’s updated deal will run from this April through the end of 2015, with a salary range from $122,000 to $128,448.

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