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|FIRST ON WGIL: Monmouth Cuts Ribbon on New Police Station -- PHOTO TOUR AVAILABLE HERE
|POSTED 8:52pm 5/17/09 A new home for the Monmouth Police Department is finally a reality, four years and some controversy later.
The City cut the ribbon Sunday on the new police department, located on South Main Street in Monmouth in between the intersections of Fourth and Fifth Avenues, and right next to what officially will be the former Public Safety Building.
The new station will contain all new equipment, a new 911 call center for Warren County, and enough space, Police Chief Brad Ziegler says, for better training, interviewing, and investigating.
Ziegler tells WGIL it will be a good thing, in his words, not having to be on top of the city's Fire Department or vice versa.
"Sometimes when we're working with, perhaps, a suspect, or someone we may be arresting, and he's in the building, and you may have the fire department sleeping in a dorm, it's just not the best thing," Ziegler said. "This building gives us a good, secure area where we can keep those kinds of people that may want to cause a problem."
A plan had been hammered out several years ago for a multi-million dollar new public safety building that would house both the Monmouth Police and Fire Departments -- one that the mayor later vetoed saying it was too expensive. For his part, Ziegler says having new facilities for both departments is a much better solution.
The $1.5 million police department was on time and on budget. A $1 million new fire department to be located on the city's north end will be dedicated in a couple weeks.
(Monmouth City officials, aldermen, police officials, and others cut the "ribbon" on the new Monmouth Police Department Headquarters Sunday.)
MORE PHOTOS OF THE POLICE STATION
A squad car sits inside the police department garage. An indoor location to store squad cars is something officials say the city didn't have before.
The lobby of the Monmouth Police Department.
Police training room.
Police Duty Office
911 Call Center
One of several interview rooms in the new police station.
Monitoring room for DUI suspects.
Monitoring room for DUI suspects.
Police workout room.
Police locker room.
Office of police department Administrative Assistant Julie Richardson.
Chief Brad Ziegler's Office.
Office of Patrol Lieutenant Joe Switzer.
Office of Investigations Lieutenant Jerry Kinney.
The exterior of the new Monmouth police station.
The old Monmouth Public Safety Building, once the Monmouth Fire Department moves out, will be used for storage and other city needs.
WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.
A map of the new Monmouth Police Department. Graphic courtesy City of Monmouth.
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