Police in Olive Branch look forward to new facility - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Police in Olive Branch look forward to new facility

Police officers in Olive Branch, Mississippi will soon have a new place to call home. The city is in the process of building a new $3 million dollar facility that will house the growing department.

Sergeant Eric Stewart said construction crews are in the midst of laying the foundation for the building, which is set to be completed in the spring of 2009.
"We're trying to play catch up, and it'll be nice to have more room so we won't be so cramped," he said.

Right now, Olive Branch's police department and city court are housed in an old church building. 
"A facility that was built to be used one day a week, part of it, and the other two days a week," Police Chief Art Heun said.

Soon, each police division will have its own office space.  Heun said the building will also house a new training center, which will save the department approximately $20,000 to $30,000 per year in training costs.

"I can train up to 30 at a cost of $5,000 by hosting it here," Heun said.

The new building will also house an evidence processing area, which Heun said will prevent any contamination of evidence gathered during an investigation.

Investigations officers can't wait to conduct in their new facilities.

"We've been looking for it for a long time," Stewart said.

The growing department fits its growing city.  By the end of this year, Olive Branch is expected to annex another 15 square miles, bringing it to over 50 square miles in size.

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