Greenville police prep for move to new building in January

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Greenville Police Department is expecting to move its investigative and patrol divisions to its new home in the Baptist Hill neighborhood in January 2010.

Police dispatch and administration, however, will likely not move over to the new building until later that year, said Chief Lonzo Ingram.

“It will be some time after the initial move,” said Ingram.

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Ingram said the police department’s central dispatch serves as a back-up call center to E-911 and it’s going to cost the police between $8,000 to $10,000 to move its communications tower and equipment to the new building.

He said until those issues are resolved, calls made to police department on its landline number (382-7461) will still be received in City Hall.

The move, to the former home of the Board of Education on Administrative Dr., gives the department the option for more flexibility in its operations and “more room to breath,” said Ingram. The patrol division, housed at the old high school band room at the Butler County Community and Education Learning Center, will be moved to the new building also.

The school system vacated the building in January of this year to help cut costs due to proration. All central office staff are now housed at the BCCELC.