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Cape Girardeau city leaders discuss new police station

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Cape Girardeau police are one step closer to moving into their new home.

City leaders met to discuss what needs to happen before police headquarters can relocate.

They're getting closer to setting a timeline for turning the old military recruiting building into the new police station.

The building across from Arena Park was leased by the Army Reserve until last year.

Police Chief Wes Blair says there are mostly offices in there now.

"The biggest hurdle that we'll have is incorporating jail space into that just because jail construction is so much more different than regular office construction,” Blair said. “You don't just want to throw up sheet rock walls because some people are going to dig right out of that."

Blair says aside from space, the new location will help foster police and community relationship with its close proximity to the park. He adds the location on Maria Louise Ln. will help with work flow, as well.

"It puts us almost right in the middle of town,” Blair said. “So that officers bringing prisoners in or paperwork in or evidence in or for meetings, they're in and then back out to their districts very quickly."

The city will start seeking contractor bids as early as mid-December.

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