SPRINGFIELD, Mo. You may remember the old Springfield Mill and Lumber business that closed back in 2009 after being open for more than 140 years.
Well, now it’s being remodeled for the Springfield Police Department.
The goal is to get all the property crime investigators working in the same place, instead of scattered across town.
“We have an opportunity to move three of our property units under one roof,” said Jason Laub, the property crimes section commander of the Springfield Police Department, “the property section consists of the property crimes unit, general property crimes, vehicle theft, and also financial crimes unit, we’ll all get to work together under the same roof.”
Laub said right now, investigators are located throughout the city, “we have a lot of them here in headquarters, but we also have investigators down at the south district station, down there on battlefield and scenic, the fire station, police station combo place.”
He says it’s a lot easier for investigators to be in the same building, “because we all get to bounce ideas off each other, a lot of these cases bleed over, you might have a vehicle theft, and the person involved with that may also be involved with property crimes, and our investigators can work together to build strong cases.”
Laub explained what the renovations are, “if you walk in there, from day one, it’s just a big open bay, and we’re having to add cubicles, and making it fit up to about close to 30 investigators will be put into this room. Kind of making areas for everybody to work in.”
The department wouldn’t have had an opportunity to renovate this building if it wasn’t for the level property tax renewed in 2017.
“That money goes to construction projects, and equipment,” said Laub, “and this particular project is being funded by that, as well as we were able to purchase about 30 new vehicles replaced 30 new vehicles over the last several months, and so that’s what the money goes for, just to help us operate.”
The renovations are expected to be completed in September.
The property crime detectives will all be moving to that building and they’ll be able to start working.