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Frankfort police and fire department getting new HQ in 2022

Frankfort is continuing to extend its city limits west, closer to the interstate.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 11:30 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) -- Frankfort is continuing to extend its city limits west, closer to the interstate.

This time it's in the form of a new police and fire headquarters.

The decision to move forward with this was approved Monday night by Frankfort's City Council and Frankfort's Airport Authority.

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon and Frankfort Mayor McBarnes said this is a vital change to the community. 

The current Frankfort Police Department building has been there since 1901.

"This was a big win last night," said McBarnes.

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon won himself, the department and the community seven acres of land.

"This is a once in a generation project," said Bacon.

The eight million dollar tax payer funded project, right now, is nothing more than untouched land.

"We have been looking forward to a new facility since about 20 years now; since I've been here, but kudos to the mayor for moving forward with the new police station," said Bacon.

The new headquarters will include both the police and fire departments. 

In 2022 there will be a 25,000 square feet building made for public safety.

"This is going to be great for the entire city of Frankfort," said McBarnes. "It's going to be great for industries and it's going to be great for job creation."

It will also be great for all public safety officers.

"They deserve this," said McBarnes. "They deserve a facility they can come to and be proud of. They can have the technology to do their job to the best of their ability. What we are giving them right now is just inadequate."

Frankfort PD is currently in a 13,000 square foot space designed to be a post office. It's lacking proper infrastructure, communication tools and doesn't allow the police department to perform at its best.

"It's imperative that we move out," said Bacon. "It has served its purpose and now we are ready to move out."

The new police station is located next to the Frankfort Municipal Airport (Between South 350 West and South 300 West) and allows for a better partnership between the organizations.

It will have an advanced evidence room, a hazmat team and allow the airport to go after more federal grants.

It will be funded by tax payer money from the public safety income tax.

McBarnes said taxes will not be raised.

As for the current Frankfort Police Station, Chief Bacon's plans hope for a not-for-profit to use the space.

Bacon said the location of the headquarters will eventually become the heart of the city.

He added it will not affect response times due to officers continuously patrolling the whole city. 

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