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Police, fire prepare to move into Public Safety Facility

POSTED August 30, 2013 10:34 p.m.

The Turlock police and fire departments are prepping for their big move into the new Public Safety Facility, but it’s an endeavor much more complicated than just calling up a moving van.

“It is a little bit daunting because there are so many moving parts to deal with,” said Turlock Police Capt. Jeff Lopes, who is overseeing the move.

The move into the new facility will begin this upcoming week with the department's network up and live by Sept. 6, and records, administration and investigations settling in the following days.

The dispatch system will be moved in stages so coverage is not interrupted, Lopes said.

Moving over the mammoth loads of evidence and cache of weapons will be the biggest challenge, as every item will be catalogued and escorted by armed department personnel.

“There definitely are security concerns, but I believe we have worked through most of the concerns,” Lopes said.

The 57,500 square foot building includes a 180-foot communications tower, a larger evidence storage facility, a vehicle inspection area and offices for specialized units.

The Public Safety Facility will have a dedication ceremony Sept. 27. An open house and public tours will be offered during the annual safety fair on Oct. 26. The new facility is at the corner of Olive Avenue and Broadway.

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