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The Champaign City Council approved a private security contract

On Tuesday evening, the Champaign City Council unanimously approved a contract with AGB Investigative Services to provide five security officers to patrol Downtown Champaign. Some important details, from The News-Gazette’s reporting on the meeting:

  • This Chicago-based company has already been contracted for the Champaign Unit 4 School District. The five officers will come from a pool of 20 officers already working in the area.
  • Beginning May 26th the will patrol the downtown business district on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Officers will be paid $50 an hour, the council will spend no more that $203,986 through 2022.
  • They will not carry firearms, tasers, or pepper spray. They will be uniformed and have body cameras.
  • Physical interaction is limited to “being able to hold until Champaign Police get there.”
  • They will call 911 if an incident happens. Their primary purpose is to watch and observe and be a deterrant. 
  • Citizen complaints can be made to the company as well as to the city. 

This answers a few of the questions we had about this measure, but certainly not all.

Top photo from City of Champaign Facebook page.

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