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Construction complete on new police station; dedication on Thursday

Posted 11/10/20

The Madisonville Police Department moved into their new headquarters Nov. 3 and will hold an official building dedication at the 302 West Cottonwood Street location Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Construction complete on new police station; dedication on Thursday

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The Madisonville Police Department moved into their new headquarters Nov. 3 and will hold an official building dedication at the 302 West Cottonwood Street location Thursday at 6 p.m.

The ultimate move, which was approved by the City of Madisonville during the 2019 budget process, was originally estimated to take roughly 18 months to complete. However, the department began moving into their new home less than a year after construction was officially announced.

“(Contractor Texas Source) really got it done,” said Madisonville City Manager Camilla Viator. “It was so smooth and easy without too many problems.”

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

At its onset, the project was expected to cost roughly $750,000.

“We are not anticipating anything over budget,” said Viator.

Madisonville PD spent years housed inside City Hall across the street from their new location, making for a cramped environment for the officers as well as city personnel.

“We are going to do some facelifts at City Hall, have more storage and spread out a little bit more,” said Viator.

“It just gives us more space and a little bit more room for growth,” said Madisonville P.D. Chief Herbert Gilbert on the new location. “It is more of a private, police setting so that we can conduct our business a little bit more efficiently.”

While the department is still working on the move-in process, Gilbert says they are already effectively operating out of the new, two-story location.

The new Madisonville P.D. headquarters features more rooms for officers to operate as well as offices for investigators, sergeants, animal control and code enforcement personnel and greater storage space for files and evidence. It also features a multi-purpose room to house private complainant meetings as well as interrogation sessions with suspects.

The upstairs area of the new location will house the department’s Criminal Investigation Division and include an “evidence drop”, which a select few will have access to after submitted evidence is placed and locked.

The department’s current evidence will be among the last items moved to the new location. Only a select few will be granted permission to move the evidence, which was carefully stored in a similar manner at their old location.

Thursday’s building dedication will take place on location across from City Hall and is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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