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Rochester Police Department Looking to Expand

Updated: 07/29/2014 6:57 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 6:56 PM KAALtv.com
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Police Department is looking to add a new precinct on the North end of town. We've learned who the police department could be partnering with.

Right now, Rochester Police is leasing a portion of public works building on the north end of town, in order to have a few officers stationed in that side of Rochester.

Officials say it soon won't be enough space. The department is asking the Rochester City Council for a $25,000 study looking at the possibility of a second police precinct on the North end of Rochester. Police say their location, in the government center, is getting cramped and that a second location could lower response times in the north end of the city.

Of course, there's still a lot of what ifs, the city has yet to grant the money for a feasibility study. But one option for a new location, the department is exploring whether to partner with the fire department.

"The fire department has a lot of resources that between police and fire and public safety, we can share. Communication between the two departments is great, the fire department has some facilities that they build in that would be helpful to the police department so there's some cost savings there,” said Sgt. Jon Turk, Rochester Police Department.

The City Council asked Rochester Police to bring more information about the feasibility study to their next meeting on Monday.

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