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CIty of Dickinson Plans Public Safety Center

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Dickinson's Fire and Police Departments are outgrowing their locations, and soon they could be moving in together.

 

The two departments are collaborating on a new public safety center that would house the Dickinson Police Department and a substation for the Dickinson Fire Department. 

The Police Department needs a bigger building because it has too many officers and not enough space.

"As of 2009, we have increased our staffing levels by almost 30%," says Police Chief Dustin Dassinger.

Meanwhile, the Fire Department needs another response station to better serve residents on the outskirts of Dickinson's expanding city limits.

"We'll have a response capability from this central location, and we'll have a response capability from the northwest part of town," says Fire Chief Robert Sivak.

The two Departments, along with the building's architects, presented the plans to the Dickinson City Commission last week. The 42,000 square foot facility is estimated to cost $12 million. However, a grant will fund part of that.

"I talked with Chief Sivak and we both wrote a grant together," says Dassinger. "We obtained a $1.5 million grant."

The new center will include individual offices for both departments, meeting rooms, and training rooms.

"It will be a huge morale booster for our staff," Dassinger says. "We will actually have adequate space for our staff and our equipment, and it's also going to be a huge tool for us to use in recruiting new officers."

The center also has community support, according to Sivak.

"The citizens are very aware of the impact that's happened to Dickinson, the growth that's happened and is continuing to happen," Sivak says. "Some of the comments are: 'It's amazing it's not underway already.'"

The new center will be located northwest of the intersection of 21st St. W and State Ave. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014.
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