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Reported by Chip Washington

Olive Branch police prepare to move into new facility

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - For the past several years, the Olive Branch Police Department has called a refurbished church property its home.  By next month, officers will be spreading their wings in a multi-million dollar new facility.

Chief Art Heun is ready for the move.

"We placed our recommendation to the Mayor and Board of Alderman as part of our long term strategic plan, and it looks like it's now going to come to fruition," Heun said.

The move has been in the making since 2004, thanks to an internal planning committee.  The building the department currently uses is a church that was built in 1927.
Heun said the new facility will move the Olive Branch Police Department into the 21st century.

"We'll have a sallie-port and holding rooms for prisoners instead of an open area," he said. "That was less desirable than what we have now."

In addition, officers will now have evidence lockers and an evidence processing room that is big enough to house a car, which will reduce worries about possible contamination.

Space will no longer be an issue for the 70 member force, as the new building is almost 18,000 square feet, as opposed to the current 6500.

Heun sees it as a positive for residents.

"Hopefully they will see the move and what we're doing as a natural progression of police services here in Olive Branch," he said.

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