Jonesboro Police Department Moves Back into Justice Complex

April 27, 2006 -- Posted at 4:20 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- There is now more stability for some officers with the Jonesboro Police Department.


Thursday, officers with the Criminal Investigation Division packed up their belongings, and moved back into their offices inside the Justice Complex.


“The Police Administration Department moved in a couple of weeks ago, and we expect to have the Police Records Division and the Desk Sergeant area moved in on Friday,” said Sergeant Stephen McDaniel of the Jonesboro Police Department.


After being temporarily relocated, the usually stoic officers were whistling a different tune.


“I saw a few smiles as people were carrying their computers, office supplies, things like that over,” said Sgt. McDaniel.


Since the evacuation, the needed changes have been made to the existing structure.


Eight beams have been added to the interior of the building, helping to support the structure.


Sgt. McDaniel says those beams are the only visible change to the inside of the building.


Although officers are currently moving back in, work on the building continues.


“They’re finishing up the repairs that were being made to the building, and they’re just adding some finishing touches,” said McDaniel.


However, not everyone is moving back into the justice complex right now.  Citizens will still need to pay fines at the Huntington Building in downtown Jonesboro.


The court system should move back to the Justice Complex in the coming weeks.


Brian Wadley, Operations Director for Jonesboro Mayor Doug Forman told K8 News that even with the improvements that have been made, the Justice Complex is still not up to code to serve as an Emergency Services Center.


A few weeks ago, Mayor Forman appointed a committee who will try to find a new location to house the J.P.D and the court system.