URBANA — Starting Monday night, the front desk at the Urbana Police Department will no longer be staffed by a clerk overnight.
Urbana Deputy Police Chief Sylvia Morgan said the move was made to save money and to keep officers on the street.
"It didn't seem to be worth the amount of money we were spending on it," she said, of the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.
And when the clerks were unavailable, that meant an officer was coming in to cover the phones and any walk-in traffic.
"We're trying not to take officers off the street," she said.
The lack of a civilian to staff the police department means that the lobby of the city building will be closed and locked from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Phones will be available in the three foyers of the city building, and those phones will connect to either a police department employee who might be in the building or a METCAD dispatcher, depending on availability.