By Hallie Gallinat
LOGANSPORT, Ind. — First introduced in 2021, the Logansport Police Division has formally moved into its new dwelling at 729 Excessive St.
What was as soon as the Longfellow Elementary College and a juvenile detention heart is now a spacious constructing for the police division. To have fun the opening of the brand new constructing, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday morning and featured speeches from Logansport Chief of Police Travis Yike, Mayor Chris Martin and venture supervisor of Steinberger Building Integrated Chris Frey.
Longfellow Elementary was in-built 1938 and was become a juvenile facility heart within the Nineteen Nineties. The police division acquired the southwest nook of the Logansport Metropolis Constructing in 1925, and had been primarily based there since then.
“Virtually 100 years later, we will be shifting into this constructing behind me. We have lived out of small areas, a number of buildings in the neighborhood,” Yike stated in his speech. “We have moved a number of totally different instances into different buildings. We discovered storage areas, we constructed some new partitions and we tore down some outdated partitions inside town constructing alongside the way in which.”
Yike stated he was not the primary chief to attempt to accomplish a brand new constructing, however he stated they had been capable of accomplish it. Yike additionally gave because of a number of members of the group and native companies, in addition to to the residents of Logansport.
Martin stated considered one of his high priorities has at all times been to create an setting the place residents can thrive with out worry, and a robust and environment friendly police pressure is crucial in that purpose. This new station takes a step ahead in offering officers of town with the assets and infrastructure they should work, he stated.
“It reaffirms our metropolis’s unwavering dedication to sustaining the very best requirements of public security, and fostering a robust, trusting partnership between legislation enforcement and our residents,” Martin stated in his speech. “I want to lengthen my heartfelt gratitude to all those that have contributed to the belief of this venture.”
Frey stated she is proud to say that the corporate, with all the assistance concerned, was capable of deliver the venture into occupancy three months early with no change orders to the unique contract.
“Trying again, a 12 months in the past as we speak, we had been standing inside making an attempt to get by way of the maze of pipes and conduits and ductwork and determining methods to demolish 14 inch cell partitions, taking a look at one another, pondering, ‘what on the earth has our places of work gotten us into?’ And but, we stand right here as we speak and will be happy with the constructing that is behind us,” Frey stated.
Frey stated in her speech that there was some skepticism that they might flip the previous college and detention heart constructing into one that might appear to be an operable police workplace. Nonetheless, she stated by way of the imaginative and prescient of KJG Structure and their skills, she thinks they had been capable of accomplish that. Concluding her speech, on behalf of Steinberger and KJG Structure, Frey offered Yike and the police division keys to a brand new police buggy.
After the ceremony, attendees had been invited to stroll round and tour the brand new constructing. The general public toured a number of places of work, a gymnasium, convention and interview rooms, kitchenettes and extra. Members of the police division had been additionally across the facility to reply questions. Glass instances, filled with police memorabilia from all through the years, had been additionally on show across the constructing.
Molly Graybeal, who was employed as a designer by the police division and Steinberger, stated many items of paintings and police memorabilia had been in storage on the outdated police station.
“So, it is actually nice for them to have this constructing the place they’ve the house to not solely present like the category portraits for the officers for annually, but in addition, you recognize, their outdated uniforms, various things like that,” Graybeal stated throughout the tour. “It is like the primary time most likely in possibly 70, 75 years that any of it has been showcased.”
The LPD beforehand labored out of a number of flooring inside town constructing, together with one other constructing on the east finish of Logansport and storage within the EMA constructing. That’s all now mixed into this one constructing, Yike stated, and it’ll profit the cops as he stated their earlier location was not carried out to their job.
“We [had] quite a lot of small areas, so if we’ve to do non-public interviews or we’ve households that are available in there, it is sometimes all in our work areas and quite a lot of that… we need to separate these issues,” Yike stated. “We [didn’t] have a foyer for the general public to come back into. We do quite a lot of excursions, say for just like the YMCA that the youth teams there or the faculties’ youth teams. So, now we’ve a spot the place individuals can are available in and… children can are available in. We do Store with a Cop, these kind of issues, so we’ve areas now that we will host and produce by way of, and particularly with our youth in the neighborhood, we will deliver them by way of and present them, you recognize, a police division. I do know the hearth division does these kind of issues for the youth in our group as nicely. So, now it… feels fairly good that we will do these issues as nicely and get again to the group in that sense.”
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