Auburn University will hand over its police services to the city of Auburn in a move designed to cut costs for both the school and the city.
The university's 33 sworn officers will transfer to the city's police department. The school announced yesterday it plans to move a few clerical and support workers to other departments.
AU interim President Ed Richardson said the city had approached the university several times over the past decade about merging the two police departments. He said a combination of factors -- including a need to save money and the fact that 84 percent of AU students live off campus -- led to his decision to accept the city's offer.
The city already provides fire and rescue services for the university.
For the first year of services AU will pay the city two (m) million dollars. Officials said the move should save the university about $400,000 in the first year.