"We need more space." - That's what officers and city leaders are saying about the Rock Island Police station.
Recently, Mayor Dennis Pauley talked about this need for a new station during his state of the city address.
Mayor Pauley along with other city leaders are looking into possible options for a new police station in downtown Rock Island.
They say the way things are right now - the station is just too small and needs to be twice its current size.
Mayor Pauley says they have a couple of locations in mind, and will have architects present possible ideas at the end of this month. He says a new station will be better for everyone once it's all done.
"Have a team that's really been looking at it, saying we can do this, we can do that," Pauley adds. "We want it to be so it's the best use for the police department and the citizens and it meets everybody's needs."
When it's all said and done, Mayor Pauley says everything will run more efficiently in a new station.
"Right now if you go into the police department and you want to talk to somebody about an issue, you go to the window and somebody will have to come down from the second floor or somewhere else to talk to you," he adds. "We want to move all those kind of services to the first floor so when someone comes in to think about an issue - they have someone right there to talk to."
The mayor says he hopes to see construction on a new police station late this fall.
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