Paragould PD to use old fire station as sub-station

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Paragould Police have big plans for the old fire station as they look to expand their presence throughout town. Recently vacated fire station #2, at the corner of 8th and E. Court Streets in Paragould will be home to a new police substation next fall.

However, Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall have been making plans for the station long before it was empty.
"When they made the plans to move the fire station the mayor and I got together and talked about making this into a substation," Chief Stovall said.
"Structurally it's great," Mayor Gaskill said about the building. "It just needs a complete remodel on the inside."
So next week, an architect will come in to estimate how much it'll cost to gut the building, then a contract will go out for the remodeling.
"We're gonna build offices, we're gonna build a holding cell, we're gonna build a finger print room, an evidence room," Mayor Gaskill explained. They'll also build offices for the Criminal Investigation Division Unit and a patrol lobby for patrolmen who will staff the substation.
Chief Stovall will assign officers to work at the station, and Mayor Gaskill said five reserve officers will be added to the police department's staff.
"Any time we can expand the department and out reach further into the community it'll help," Chief Stovall told Region 8 News.
Reaching farther into a community that was recently shaken by a home invasion that left one Paragould resident dead. Chief Stovall said their presence will do more than just bring a peace of mind to the area.
"Presence deters crime. That's just the way of life. So we're hoping that by being over here we'll maybe help out a little," he explained.
And by using a building the city already owns, Gaskill said they're being good stewards of the city's funds.
"We're trying to utilize the resources we already have as opposed to going and buying land and building a new building," Gaskill told Region 8 News. He estimates the cost to gut and remodel the building will be around $100,000. That money is already in the city's reserve funds. 

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