BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Police Department gave their Facebook followers a glimpse into their current facility Monday, showing just how dilapidated the building is.
Through a series of posts, BPD showed the current state of many areas of the police department.
An initial post stated that well-designed police facilities help law enforcement officers perform their jobs efficiently and effectively.
However, they stated their current facility no longer meets those needs.
"It negatively affects morale, efficiency, safety, security, technology, and the overall policing efforts of the Blytheville Police Department," the post stated.
Over the next twenty minutes, BPD posted photos and videos of leaking roofs, and interview rooms and training rooms that can no longer be used due to extreme water damage.
"The Blytheville Police Department has for modern times always been located in a structure that was neither designed nor intended to serve the community as a police facility," the post said. "Attempts to modify or adapt the structure have long since run their lifespan and are in dilapidated condition."
Though there are a number of problems, there also is a possible solution.
Earlier this year, the Arkansas National Guard transferred ownership of the Billy C. Hyde Readiness Center back to the City of Blytheville. BPD stated it's a building that has potential to meet their needs.
"The original design and construction takes into consideration safety and security ideal for a Law Enforcement / Justice Complex facility," the post stated.
The building, located at 1700 South Division Street, was built in 1969. The main building has approximately 11,000 square feet and sits on five acres of land. Two smaller buildings are also located on the property and the roof of the building has 15 years left on a 20 year warranty.
BPD later posted renderings of a remodel of the Billy C. Hyde Readiness Center. BPD stated that architectural firm Brackett and Krennerich of Jonesboro provided the renderings at no cost.
The Blytheville Police Department stated that the citizens of their town deserve better.
"To fulfill our mission we must continually seek the respect, support and cooperation from the community we serve on the fundamental principle that the public and police are one," BPD stated.
The City of Blytheville is seeking a permanent one cent sales tax increase. They have stated that the tax, if passed, would help the police department relocate, among other things.
The election takes place October 20.
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