WIUM Local
11:00 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Burlington, Des Moines County Discuss Law Enforcement Center

Burlington, IA – The construction of a joint law-enforcement center is the top priority for the Burlington City Council. The Burlington Police Department and the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office would utilize the facility.

The city and the county hired Wilson Estes Police Architects to conduct a needs assessment for the facility. The Kansas-based firm has completed its feasibility study.

Burlington City Manager Doug Worden says the study looks at future needs, equipment, potential locations, and anticipated costs. He says the price tag could run from $12-million to $17-million

Some of the sites under consideration include the current home of the Burlington Police Department, the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office, and a former school.

Worden says a special committee has been appointed to start selling the public on the idea of a joint law enforcement center. He says the first step for the group is to select a location and determine construction costs.

West Burlington chose not to be a part of the effort.