Rockford PD Eying Old Jail

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The inmates left the old jail a little more than two weeks ago...emptying the third floor of the public safety building. Here's a look at what things look like inside right now. As for the future, Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers tells me that his office is happy to hand over the space to Rockford police. The department is interested and already has some drawings and plans for a total building renovation at the P-S-B. Chief Chet Epperson says more evidence rooms will definitely be on the table. "Due to new law changes, we have to maintain cases of homicide and DNA etc., we have a dire need for evidence and property rooms," Epperson said. Other plans include an operations center to monitor the department's police cameras and an entire floor just for investigations. Rockford police are still working with the county on occupying the space. Things could be wrapped up by the end of the summer. Epperson says renovating the public safety building would take about four years. As for the costs, authorities are considering Winnebago County's one percent jail tax to cover the project. The Rockford Park District police may join forces with Rockford Police on this project.

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