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June 8, 2005

Albany-- Starting Friday, the public will be directed to the new Headquarters building for their dealings with the police.

Some departments have been working out of the building for weeks. It's been a busy time, continuing their police duties while moving.

Albany Police Lt. Kenn Singleton said, "It's a new day dawning. We are happy that we are able to move. We do have a lot of personnel who are bringing in heavy boxes. Trying to find the spot where they want to put them."

The Grand opening probably will not happen until July, but starting Friday, people will be directed to the new law enforcement center's front entrance for their police needs.

The three-story, 73,000-square-foot Law Enforcement Center is becoming home to the Albany Police. Located at Washington and Oglethorpe, ground was broken for construction in June 2003, and its completion is late.

But the $14.5 million center is an important part of the downtown revitalization package image, right across from the Civic Center. Albany Tomorrow President Thomas Chatmon said, "That actually created a gateway of their own, at a very heavily traveled intersection. About 30,000 cars a day."

The Police will have all new technology and equipment in the new Law Enforcement Center, that they say, will boost efficiency. Lt. Singleton said, "Everything is going to be updated when we get inside this new business building."

Albany Police also feel the new headquarters will boost morale in the department, and help in recruitment of new officers.

The old Albany Police Headquarters, in the basement of the Judicial Building, will be converted to county offices when the cops are completely moved out.

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