The building occupied by the Lubbock Police Department is nearly 50 years old and beyond repair, police say. That's why the City Council is scheduled to vote on a proposal Thursday to hire a contractor to survey the damage and begin identifying locations for the construction of a new facility.
NewsChannel 11 took a closer look at the inside the station, and our first stop was the entrance for the public. Sergeant Jonathan Stewart says it's too small and outdated, like most of the building. This is something Chief Roger Ellis reported to the council last month.
"Space is a problem. We do have detectives who don't even have their own offices. Some detectives share offices," said Stewart.
Sergeant Stewart says officers had to move out of the older part of the building due to floor ceiling and wall repairs.
In the presentation to the council Chief Ellis mentioned most areas of the building have asbestos, electrical problems and backed up sewage. The list even goes on. Bathrooms that are still used have outdated plumbing and parking is another issue.
"There can be a problem with parking on a busy day or a busy evening when a lot of guys are coming in trying to unload prisoners," said Stewart.
Councilman Paul Beane says the facility's poor conditions are well known. Recently, there was a carbon monoxide leak last November.
"The heating and air conditioning is just absolutely horrible. There is water leaking everywhere and there is mold in that building," said Beane.
The council will vote on whether to hire Parkhill, Smith and Cooper to survey the building at a cost of $59,800 to make recommendations for future needs.
Beane suggests city engineers could do the job. However, we did some checking and the city engineering department says they do not have anyone licensed to do the survey.
According to the city agenda, the police administration personal services will fund the survey if it is passed. Voters will ultimately decide if they want to fund the new police department.
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