Phenix City Council approves contract for Auburn mutual aid - WRBL

Phenix City Council approves contract for Auburn mutual aid

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At the Phenix City Council meeting Wednesday night, board members approved a contract
that allows city police officers to serve at Auburn University football games.

The police chief says the partnership is a win for both cities especially when it comes to
emergency response. 

Alone, Auburn is not able to provide the hundreds of officers it needs for safety at its games, so it reaches out to nearby agencies like the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Opelika Police, and Phenix City Police. 

Mutual service  between Phenix City and Auburn has been established for about 10 years now.  At city council, the board renewed the contract. 

Police Chief Ray Smith says the partnership prepares officers for other mutual aid situations and natural disasters like the recent one in Oklahoma.

"We know that we're not immune to that we've had tornadoes here before...other parts of Alabama have had those disasters so working with agencies and generating good working relationships both knowing how the control and command functions work in large event like that."  Phenix City Police Chief Ray smith says having Phenix City's officers on duty at Auburn games is really a win-win situation.

"These types of events like Auburn football games gives us an opportunity to interface and to do those types of activities in a controlled environment versus one that is an emergency so when the emergencies do happen it's something that we've practiced."

In past years, Phenix City has provided between 8 to 10 officers for games.  The officers that are hired out from Phenix City wear their official city uniforms when they serve in Auburn so they are easy to recognize.

Movie production was also a topic at Wednesday's meeting. Dreamworks will be in Phenix City and Columbus June 1-8, filming "Need for Speed."  Chief Smith says the crew plans to crash a car off the 13th Street bridge for a stunt.   Citizens should be on the look out for PSA's and signs about the 13th Street Bridge closing, and detours.  About 200 people will be in town as
part of the filming.  The board says that is good for local business.

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