Furniture arrives for Centerville's new law enforcement center | News
New furniture for Centerville's new law enforcement center has arrived and that's a sign of more change to come.
After years of planning, and over a million dollars from the city's 2012 SPLOST, the city's police officers now have a new spot to call home.
13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet got a glimpse into their big move.
Chief Sidney Andrews says the Centerville police department have been looking forward to this.
"It's almost surreal we were talking the other day it's almost like a shock its going to take us a while to get used to it."
The new bigger headquarters was funded by the city's special local option sales tax and sits right next to the new courthouse. Chief Andrews says a new safety feature links the two.
"A safety security feature for our court clerk, she has a panic button now and if she ever has any trouble right here at our courthouse she can hit that button and that red strobe will go off in here ." explains Andrews
There's also a red light in Andrew's office and the assistant chief's office.
The chief even gave us a look inside their evidence room. At their old building, the makeshift evidence room is a closet.
"This is probably four times the space we have now ." says Andrews.
And he says it's more secure. The new building has lockers that allow officers to put in evidence and seal it until a detective can investigate.
Andrews showed us the sally port, where officers pull up. "He'll pull up this keypad and punch in a code and this door will open." explains Andrews.
Then the officer can secure his gun inside in a lock box and place suspects behind these bars.
"The old police department had the steel cages bolted to the floor and we had inmates try to escape through the ceiling." He says that shouldn't be an issue at the new facility.
He says, "Seeing the furniture coming in has really given us the final it's going to happen so we're really excited about it."
They hope to be completely moved in within two weeks.