December 04, 2017 08:27 PM
(ABC 6 News)--It's very well known that Rochester is growing and many organizations have to grow as well, even law enforcement. A second police station is in the beginning stages of remodeling and moving departments over.
"We had about three or four different departments all in one room," said Darrel Hildebrant, Crime and Prevention Specialist.
A space crunch has been developing at the Government Center over the past few years, specifically the Law Enforcement Center.
Hildebrant knows first-hand the need for more space.
"It was very difficult to carry on telephone conversations and to concentrate. So I would go in at five o'clock in the morning to beat everybody else to work in order to get some of my work done," laughed Hildebrant.
A struggle many are experiencing, but Hildebrant no longer has to. Since 2014 change has been in the works.
"A couple years ago we started looking at additional locations around the city that would maybe meet the needs of the police department. The old Think Bank location was chosen to be the location for a police north station," said Sergeant Jon Turk.
The building was purchased for around three million dollars. The department has put in nearly $420,000 into remodeling and there's more to be done.
"The back side of the building where the old drive up lanes was planned for those to get removed. We'll build a garage back there so all the vehicles will be stored inside of a garage," said Sergeant Turk.
In total, six units have moved to the north location including the Police Administration and the Crime Prevention Unit, but more will come.
"Long-term plan is maybe 60 percent of the Patrol Division will be based up here," Sergeant Turk said.
One unique addition coming to the north location is a safety button to lock someone in the doorway in cases if they're scared or being chased.
"We're trying to fully connect it to the dispatch center so it's easy for them to access the door and they'll get an alarm saying that the buttons been pushed," said Sergeant Turk.
There's also fencing put up behind the building allowing training on the spot for the K-9 unit--more space that wouldn't be possible without the newest location.
"I think I’ve died and gone to heaven with all of this space I have up here," said Hildebrant.
The Investigative Division will still be at the Government Center and a significant portion of the Patrol Division will continue to stay down there.
The hope is to have all the remodeling done in the next three to five years.
Updated: December 04, 2017 08:27 PM
Created: December 04, 2017 05:43 PM
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