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HPD looking forward to moving so construction can begin

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

With construction beginning soon on the city of Hattiesburg’s $25 million Public Safety Complex, the Hattiesburg Police Department will be headed to Klondyke Street temporarily.

Roughly 150 employees will make the move to the facility that is the former Hattiesburg Grocery Company.

With going in to a new building, we will have better things there than what we have now, and it will just be an uplift I guess you could say for the department and the city as a whole,” Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said.

Department officials said the move is on track to take place in the next six to eight months.

“We will move all the sworn officers, dispatch, and the civilian employees, which includes records, the animal control division as well as our support staff administratively will be moving,” Traxler said.

The renovation on Klondyke Street, which is part of a $5.3 million plan to get the ball rolling, is the only thing left before the department begins its move.

Department officials know the current facility on Hall Avenue is in rough shape but are hopeful the new complex will be a focal point of the city.

“When the citizens come here or somebody from out of town comes here and has to come to the police department, they see the facility we are in right now, they do see the condition of it," Traxler said. "We have already torn down portions of this building, again we are trying to make this a better place for all citizens whether they live here or not."

The project plan calls for the construction to be complete in roughly three to four years.

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