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Marion Cuts Ribbon On New Police HQ

MARION, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- With smiles around every corner of their new police department building, it's almost as if Christmas Eve came early for the city of Marion.

"This is something we've been working eight years for and we're finally here," said police Chief Harry Daugherty.

Today officers and residents got to take a sneak a peek under the tree.

"Anxious to get in here, have some more space, kinda spread out a bit," said Corporal Jeff Hartwig

Police say the advantages over the old building - which suffered from leaks and a lack of space - are already clear.

"It is much bigger so they can do their jobs, we can do proper interviews and not have people around them all the time," Daugherty said.

They're not the only ones impressed.

"This is awesome and we haven't even been upstairs," said resident Cheryl Maternowski as she scanned the communications room.

As she made her way through the building today, Maternowski almost ran out of adjectives.

"I think it's marvelous, it's beautiful, it's...something that we're proud of."

She's one of the 35,000 residents that depend on the police. The department has done its part, as police say the city ranks consistently among the safest places in Iowa.

Police say this new building will keep that going.

"The new things that we've got going on here will help with the motivation, coming to work, still doing our job and doing it to the best of our ability," Hartwig said.

That motivation provides a peace of mind for residents.

"They're ready for practically anything," Maternowski said. "I'm so happy for them, they definitely deserve it."

The new building is already inspiring Maternowski to get involved. On her way out of the department today, she spoke to Chief Daugherty for the very first time, and plans on signing up as a volunteer for the department as soon as possible.

As for the building itself, the city says the project was finished on time and also came in under budget.
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