Roscoe Police officers are getting comfortable in their new facility. The new building offers more than they could imagine, after years of working in an outdated building.
The almost $2 million facility is attached to the Roscoe Village Hall, making it easier for city staff to communicate with police.
“It gives us a lot of room to grow,” said Chief Jamie Evans, of the Roscoe Police Department. “I think municipal buildings are supposed to last 20 to 25 years.”
A new evidence room and booking area are some of the biggest changes, helping officers book those arrested faster, and securing evidence for trials.
“This is a completely secure facility, right here,” Chief Evans continued. “The officers enter the sally port, secure the guns, and then take the key, and bring the prisoner in. Everything is video taped.”
There’s even a gun range in the works, something smaller departments typically don’t have, giving Roscoe officers the upper hand in training.
“This was built in the 70’s, so they are still going to shoot towards that way and there will be a high-tech ventilation system to keep everyone safe in here, and we will have some portable targets,” Evans said.
Despite some planning setbacks, Roscoe’s Village President hopes this new building reflects the city’s growing economy and population.
“We have doubled in size over the last 15 years, and every year, we have provided more services,” President David Krienke said.
The department also offers a room for residents and officers to meet privately.