MPD to receive new home

Posted 11/26/19

After years located inside City Hall, the Madisonville Police Department (MPD) will relocate to an old Baptist church across the street to accommodate their growing force and storage needs.

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MPD to receive new home

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After years located inside City Hall, the Madisonville Police Department (MPD) will relocate to an old Baptist church across the street to accommodate their growing force and storage needs.

“We are proud to know that we will have more space,” said MPD Chief Herbert Gilbert. “It is an old building, but with the modifications and everything, it is going to become a police station.”

“It was something the city council had talked about for several years, and this is the year we decided to move forward,” said City Manager Camilla Viator.

The move was approved during the budget process and is expected to cost around $750,000. However, Madisonville is still in the early stages of the move. The building is not expected to be ready for about 18 months.

“We are just out of space,” said Viator, who currently works in City Hall with 34 other employees. “Privacy is a big deal to us and it is really hard to find that when the police department is in such a small area. We have also expanded the police force, so that puts even more people in that small area.”

The move will ultimately allow the department to spread out across two floors and offer offices for certain personnel.

“The biggest thing is storage and office space,” said Gilbert. “Over there, they will install a second floor where we can store property and evidence upstairs. In the bottom area, they are going to fix it so we have a lot more office space.”

Patterson Architects out of Bryan, which has worked on local buildings in the past, has been hired to complete the upgrades on the building.

The old church was purchased by the city over five years ago and there have been aspirations to turn it into a new police station for at least two years.

The Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department used to occupy the inside of City Hall, as well. Once they moved out, the city remodeled one of the old fire bays into evidence rooms and an office for the police force. They then remodeled the old fire meeting room, which is currently the MPD suite.

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