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Lawrence Police Department Getting Own Station

The department, founded in 1929, has never had a police station to call home.

LAWRENCE, Ind. -- After 90 years of walking the beat, Lawrence police will soon have a station where they can put up their feet.

The Lawrence Police Department, founded in 1929, has never had a police station of its own.

Right now, the department is headquartered in the city government building. Office space is lacking and evidence is kept in the basement, according to RTV6.

"I see it almost every day where somebody walks into this building and they see me in uniform and they ask where the police station is," Chief David Hofmann told RTV6. "And I tell them, 'Well, you're in it.'"

But the city of Lawrence is booming and its police department needs to grow along with it.

The city has announced plans for the first-ever Lawrence Police station, which will sit in the 5100 block of N. Post Road when work is complete in mid-2019.

Lawrence residents won't have to pay a dime of the project's $12.9 million price tag, thanks to a bond already in place, Mayor Steve Collier told RTV6.

"There will be no impact upon property taxes or increased taxes," Collier said. "Citizens won't see any kind of increase at all."

The department hopes to break ground on the project in late spring or early summer. 

(Photo by Lawrence PD via RTV6.)

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