Huntington Police Department to Get New Building

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Huntington city leaders have approved $4.8 million to purchase a two-story, 17,000 square-foot building for a new police department as well as a combined detective bureau. Our partners at WPTA21 report the city has $2.2 million to pay up front, and Local Option Income Tax money will cover the remaining amount over the next 20 years.

According to officials, the move is long overdue. The department has grown significantly from seven officers in 1914 to thirty-five today. To accomodate the overflow, some department  employees currently operate from rooms in the City Building.The combined detective bureau for the city, county and state police is also currently housed in a seperate building.

“We have been in this building since the early 1900s. We have just absolutely outgrown this space,” Chief Chad Hacker told WPTA21.

The new department is across the street from the current location. Construction could begin as early as this spring and is expected to be complete one year later.

Read the full story from WPTA21 by clicking here.

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