Police department may be relocated to old rescue facility

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Officials are currently looking at the possibility of relocating the Mount Olive Police Department to the old Mount Olive Rescue Squad building on Northwest Center Street. A new rescue squad building is currently under construction.

Town Manager Charles Brown calls the facility “ideal” for relocating the police department. He said the current department facilities are far overcrowded.

The current rescue squad facility, which is owned by the town, will be turned back over to the town when the new rescue squad facility on Northeast Church Road is complete. It is expected to be complete in the next few months, according to Brown.

The building on Northwest Center Street is an excellent location for police operations, Brown said.

“At this point we have an idea of what we want to do, but it has not been finalized yet. Once the new rescue facility is open then we can move forward with the relocation,” he said. “It is really an ideal relocation. The rescue squad building has plenty of office space, eating, kitchen and sleeping facilities, as well as a backup power system for emergencies.”

It also has bay areas and wash pits for police vehicles.

Brown says the idea is still being mulled over and if they move forward with the project, a small amount of renovation work will be needed at the rescue squad building.

The recreation and parks department could be moved into the current police department offices at town hall, Brown said.

“All of this is something that would provide badly needed space at town hall,” the town manager noted.

He said should the relocation of the police department turn out to be approved, he sees it all in place in less than a year from now.

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