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City police to spread out while building renovated
Renovations to the Brunswick Police Department headquarters at 206 Mansfield St. and construction of an adjacent annex will bring something officers and staff have never had: a break room.

While it might seem like a small thing in the harsh world of crime fighting, Chief Tobe Green says a break room will make life easier and better for the department.

"We've never had a break room before, no place for people to go," he said. "Everyone will like that and benefit from it."

The brick building downtown has been home to the police department for 72 years and hasn't seen substantial renovations since 1974, Green said. In addition to leaks and needed cosmetic repairs, offices are cramped and need more space. A new building behind the headquarters will do just that.

"We'll have a new training facility and workout room, along with a lab there," Green said. "It will definitely help us out to have more space."

Until that happens, police department offices will separated and displaced for almost a year, said crime analyst Paige Browning.

"We'll be pretty spread out for nine to 10 months. We expect to get back in the building around May of next year," Browning said.

The city will award a bid to contractors soon and administrators expect work on the renovations and expansion to begin in August.

Having spent the past few months packing up and clearing out of their headquarters, Green says the department is ready for renovations to begin.

"We are very excited about the renovations," Green said. "We've definitely outgrown this, and it will satisfy our needs."

While it seems like a major operation to pack up the police station and spread out, Green says officers are prepared for the move.

The department's detective division has already moved to the Lissner House on Union Street, and the patrol division will move to Lanier Plaza. Other patrol captains and lieutenants and records will reside in Old City Hall and evidence will relocate to the city's Public Works facility.

Money for the $1.35 million project will come from revenue collected from an expired Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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