Police Chief Thomas Vaughn’s office is an 8-by-10-foot space, which contains filing cabinets used for storage.
“The roll call room is utilized by other agencies, for breathalyzers, fingerprints and people picking up police reports,” Vaughn said. “You’ll have someone doing a breathalyzer on a drunk, with someone getting their fingerprints for their government job and then a child sitting at a desk coloring in a coloring book. In today’s society those things are not acceptable.”
The initial idea was for the building’s use to be limited to the police station, but that evolved. The facility will now house the offices of city officials and a meeting room for the City Council, which approved the $1 million project, funded by a bond. June 30 is estimated completion date.
The building will feature secured entries, but there will always be access to a safe room for those in trouble to contact the police.
The current community center, which can be rented for events, will not be abandoned. Perry Senior Services will continue to call it home, and space has been offered to the Lions Club of Southport for its meetings.