JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Within a month, multiple divisions of the Jonesboro Police Department will move into a new home. The city purchased and renovated the former Army Reserve Center located on Caraway Road.
Inside and out, the former Army Reserve Building is a much different place than it was last November when renovations had just begun.
"That building will be usable for our department for many years in our growth, even though we're growing about 3 percent a year," Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told Region 8 News.
According to the Jonesboro Police Department, they created roughly 30 new rooms inside to use as classrooms, labs, offices and more.
Administration, the Criminal Investigation Division and the Internet Crimes Against Children lab will be located inside the building.
One of the most beneficial aspects of the renovated building though is evidence storage.
"It is state of the art, everything is bar-coded, or will be. Totally separate temperature control," Perrin said.
A bay attached to the evidence room will allow detectives to process vehicles involved in crime scenes.
Mayor Perrin said renovations have cost the city roughly $1.6 million.
While patrols, warrants and the court system will stay on West Washington, Perrin said this new facility will benefit JPD greatly.
"This will be great for the police department. It'll increase the efficiency of what they do. The location and security of that building is absolutely incredible," Perrin said.