On Wednesday in Huntington citizens, officers, and city officials gathered to see the start of turning a picture on paper, into brick and mortar. A new police department facility that will not only serve the department, but the citizens of Huntington as well.
“A new police station, public safety station, is so important to the vitality of our community.” Mayor Brooks Fetters said.
A new facility has been in the works for the entirety of Chief Hacker’s 20-year career. The police department has been in their current building since the early 1900s, and he feels they have outgrown the space.
“It’s (the new building) going to have the proper venhilation, work areas for the guys, separate area where they can test all their evidence, interview rooms right there on sight, it’s just going to make us more effective, and it’s just going to be a lot better community as well, coming in here when they need our services.”
Planning for a new building to be built began about a year ago. Now the plan is being put into action, with the first ground breaking. Chief Hacker calls this the highlight of his career, and to a group who couldn’t be more deserving.
“I am honored to be their chief of police, they make my job easy the way these guys go out and do their job each and every day and I could not be more proud of them, but the support we get from this community is overwhelming.”
The new facility will house the whole police department. That includes a total of 35 current officers, detectives, administrative staff, along with evidence storage. Mayor Brooks Fetters says this new building is not only going to help law enforcement, but also play a part in impacting the community.
“I know the culture and the vibe of this building is giong to be one of welcome, we’re here to help, and how can we serve you.”
The project builing the new facility is expected to wrap up in May of 2020.