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Connects Against Crime: Marion Police Headquarters Making a Move

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT

MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- On a table in his office Chief Harry Daugherty has drawings of what the new police station will look liKe.

"The police department where we are at now is about 7,000 square feet and the one we're moving to is approximately 42,000 square feet," says Chief Daugherty. 

The City of Marion is growing and Chief Daugherty says it's time the police station grew with it, so deciding to move the station from here, eastward was the most logical option.

"When they made this police department it was only 25 officers here and the population of Marion was probably 18,000, that was in 1984," Daugherty said. 

On a walking tour of the roughly 30 year old building, the chief pointed out problem spots.

"It use to be a storage closet but this is one of our inteview rooms that we had to make shift as you can see," he said. 

Overcrowding is one of the biggest problems but investigators are confined to tight spaces often times left talking over one another in small cubicles, which the chief says poses more problems. 

"He's on the phone but if someone was over here interviewing somebody if one of the rooms were full you can see what kind of a problem that would be," says Daugherty. 

The confined space isn't just inside, with 50 or more employees outside parking for both police and civilian cars is also an issue.
Daugherty says this new police station about 15 years too late.

"They built the police station for 1984, that's when they built it for, well Marion has been growing ever since it's never stopped growing, so we really needed on 5 years later but it's really become a necessity," he said. 

And if construction goes as scheduled, the new station will open its doors November of next year.

Connects Against Crime: Marion Police Headquarters Making a Move

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