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Police department works to demolish, rebuild training building

Police department looking into tearing down old building to build new. (Source: KAIT-TV) Police department looking into tearing down old building to build new. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Asst. Chief Ricky Jefferson (Source: KAIT-TV) Asst. Chief Ricky Jefferson (Source: KAIT-TV)
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

A building that was used by the Blytheville Police Department now sits empty.

Structural issues have forced the department out of its firing range house.

Assistant Chief Ricky Jefferson said they used to use the building as classrooms for police training.

But now, it’s too much of a safety concern to set foot in.

Now the department has taken the issue to the city council to do something about it.

“We’re looking into putting in the budget next year to maybe put up a metal building,” Jefferson said. “So we can go back to having our classes in our own building.”

In the meantime, the department is using Arkansas Northeastern College’s Crisp Center for training classes.

Jefferson said they’ve already gotten a bid on tearing the building down, and it would cost less than $1,000.

But, they don’t have an amount on rebuilding just yet.

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