Branson Board Approves Purchase of Land for New Police Department

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BRANSON, Mo. – The Branson Board of Alderman has approved a contract to purchase land that will be the future home of the new Branson Police Department building.

The 5.5-acre piece of land from the Tanstone, LLC was bought for about $950K.

The land is located at Forsyth and Oak Creek Drive.

The City will purchase this land and is looking at additional land for a new fire station, using the Public Safety Fund, fulfilling what the City promised to do after citizens passed the public safety sales tax in 2017.

Not only will the centralized location allow the Branson Police Department to expand in number, something they have no space for in its current building, but the location will allow a centralized hub for citizens to access Police services with a new state of the art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that will double as a community room.

While this new building provides the ability to grow the Department, it, more importantly, will provide the opportunity to align the department with Industry Standards regarding dispatch service, evidence collection, and storage, records, investigations, etc.

The Board also approved the purchase of new mobile radios for the police and fire departments, new in-car and body cameras for the police department, and two new school resource officers for the Branson Public School District.

Once the land is acquired for the fire station, the City will take requests for proposals for architects to design both the fire and police stations plus and an engineering firm to build the two buildings. City officials would like to break ground on these buildings in 2019.

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