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Huntington Police break ground for new facility

It's a big day for the Huntington Police Department. Wednesday they held a ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new facility. It's many years in the making, but the police chief and mayor say they're happy this day is finally here.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 7:10 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2019 8:45 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - Huntington Police have been in the same building since the early 1900's. A lot of people think the police occupy the whole first floor of the city building, but Police Chief Chad Hacker said they're actually in the corner of the building and they've outgrown it.

For years, plans were drafted up seeing what worked and what didn't and Wednesday a new building is coming into fruition.

"Inside this building we'll have all of our city detectives, county detectives and one Indiana State Police detective," said Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker. "All of our officers will be here. We have a total of 35 officers. Our administrative staff will be in this building. Our office manger, evidence storage. Everything we're going to need is going to be under one roof." 

The chief along with other police officers and city officials joined together for an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility.

"We just didn't have enough space to be able to serve the needs of the police department for the next 30 to 40 years," said Mayor Brooks Fetters. "It became obvious that we really needed to take a look creating new space, and then once this building is built and the police office department moves out of the city building on the first floor then we've got plans to come behind along that to utilize our full historic beautiful city building."

The new building is expected to be complete in May 2020.

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