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EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Marion's New Police Station
MARION, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- With a laundry list of problems too great to ignore, it's out with the old, and in with the new.
"The old building is inefficient, it was never built for a police department it leaks like a wet sponge when it's raining," Captain Doug Slagle said.
Chief Harry Daugherty is excited for his department's 12 million dollar upgrade.
"We've been suffering for 10 to 15 years on that building being too small," Daugherty said. "We won't be doing that here."
The building is being designed by a firm that has experience.
"They did like 600 police departments, some big, big police departments, and I saw what they did in Ankeny and I said ‘that's who we need to hire,’" Daugherty said.
Gone is their current holding cell system.
"Currently, if we bring in more than one person, we have to put one officer on each subject," Slagle said.
Now the process is different.
"We can have one person monitor all four of the holding cells," Daugherty said,
They say it will free up resources.
In addition, now help can be sent to an officer within the building with the touch of a finger, with technology similar to what you use on a bus to alert a driver to your stop.
"They can tap that tape, it'll be an alarm to the communications center, and they will send help to the officer," Slagle said.
With an eagerness to better serve the people and escape their cramped quarters, this fall can't come soon enough.
"Looking forward to moving in...looking forward to getting it over with," Slagle said.
The project is about 70 percent complete. They are expecting to move in between the end of October and the beginning of November.