Raleigh Police Department prepares for move

November 13, 2008 10:10:40 AM PST
The Raleigh Police Department is moving to its temporary home while a new and much needed headquarters is built.

There is no money for the new public safety center at this time so the police will have a temporary headquarters. It's a 46,000 sq. ft. brick building located off of Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh.

"This location is just ideally situated between 540 and 440, which will really help us significantly distribute police resources to this region," Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan said.

It is not known how long the department will occupy the space.

T

he only thing complete with the new building is the sketches.

"What we don't have is the funding on the new headquarters itself," Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said.

The facility will take $226 million to complete. Mayor Meeker said the police department may occupy the temporary headquarters for years, and Chief Dolan is not worried.

"It will open in about six months as the new interim headquarters and that could be for a period of three years," Meeker said. "It could be longer than that depending on what happens with the new headquarters."

"You know, the prospect of staying three or four years really isn't concerning to us cause we know in the end," Chief Dolan said. "We're going to have a beautiful public safety center that will confront all the public safety needs for now and well into the future."

A company will do several hundred thousand dollars worth of renovations at the Six Forks location before police move in. The move will take place within six months to a year.


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