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Streamwood police continue at library

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Daily Herald report

Streamwood police will continue to provide security services to the Poplar Creek Public Library's main branch.

The library pays the village the overtime rate for police officers -- between $4,800 to $5,000 a month, Administrative Librarian Pat Hogan said.

For the last three years, police have patroled the library from late afternoon to nights on Mondays through Thursdays. The village board passed an intergovernmental agreement Aug. 21 that recognizes the practice. The library district is expected to follow suit in September.

Police presence has been useful when younger patrons have "used bad language" or acted in a threatening manner, Hogan said. Police Chief James Gremo said last Thursday "it's only a handful of kids" who are unruly.

Hogan said police help put patrons at ease.

"We wanted to show the taxpayers we took seriously any concerns that they might have," she said.

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