Grand Junction Police Receive Grant for Public Safety Center

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In the process to move forward with a new public safety center, Grand Junction Police got a huge boost Monday night.

During it's Monday night meeting, City Council designated $500,000 it had received from a mineral leasing fund grant to help pay for planning stages for the new public safety center.

Police say the grant money will be used to pay for a study that will show what they need in a new building, to help pay for initial designs, and to purchase extra land for the center between 5th Street and 7th Street, and Pitkin and Ute.

Police say their current building was constructed in 1958, and doesn't have the ability to keep up with the latest advancements in technology.

"It's a very exciting time for us," said Grand Junction Deputy Chief Troy Smith. "We really want to work the community in developing a project that meets their needs as well as ours."

Police hope the planning phases of the building will be complete sometime this spring. Officials say they hope to begin construction on the new center early in 2009.

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