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The Scott County Sheriff's Department is looking to move and centralize some of its service. The move will be closer to areas where more crime occurs and right in between where they receive the most calls, Park View and the West Lake area.

They're looking to move their Patrol Headquarters out of their current location on Tremont Avenue to somewhere between Highway 130 and Mount Joy. They say this area will be help them get to crime faster.

"We're looking at getting out of the city of Davenport to a more rural setting where we do most of our patrolling," said Scott County Sheriff Dennis Conard.

It's something they've wanted to do for more than 20 years.

An architect walked through the current location for the Patrol Headquarters, figuring out how they do things now and how they can improve them at new facility.

Residents in more rural Scott County said, it makes them feel more comfortable:

"It makes me feel good because if something were to happen where I'm at, I know they're going to be there soon instead of 15 minutes coming from Davenport," said Kasie Burson.

"I think it's a great idea, more centralized," said Louise Ballanger. "I work at Lost Grove Stables over here and they've been out to our place a couple of times and it's really nice to have them in a short area instead of so far away."
     
Sheriff Conard said money has finally become available from the county to make the big move.

"The Sheriff's office has been looking to do this since we moved into this facility," said Sheriff Conard. "This was supposed to be a temporary location. We've been here for 22 years."

The new facility will cost $4 million with no new taxes to support it. Their building now lacks the space they need and even makes common functions like writing reports, fragmented. 

"We have been gerrymandering things to make them work in this facility," said Sheriff Conard. "The new facility will allow us to accomplish many things that we do very poorly here, very well in another location."

One of the architects on the project said increasing the department's functionality is one of their biggest focuses. 

"Part of the challenge they face today is this facility wasn't designed initially for a Sheriff's patrol and so as they've moved in and adapted to it over the years, they've made the best of the situation that they have at hand," said architect for Wold Architects and Engineers Matt Bickel.

The hope to have the new Patrol Headquarters ready by the end of 2016.

 

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