Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 12, 2013

Turcotte making plans for new GPD

GLASGOW — Even though the opportunity for the city to lease a building that could become the new home for the Glasgow Police Department only presented itself a couple a weeks or so ago, police Chief Guy Turcotte already has in his mind how things would be arranged there.

Glasgow City Council passed the first of two readings of an ordinance Monday night that would allow Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman to enter a lease agreement for the property at 100 S. Broadway St., where Venture Contracting Inc. is now, with an option to purchase it. She said as it’s proposed now, the city would have as long as three years before it would have to make a decision whether to buy.

During a brief walk-through tour, Turcotte named the potential use for each room, starting with his office near the front so he can be close to the public.

A front lobby flows into a reception area where the department’s administrative assistant would be, and just beside that would be the chief’s office. As he walked through the hallways past the reception area, pointing to various offices and alcoves, he envisioned who would be calling each area theirs. One large, open room at the back of the building would be split into an evidence storage room and office and a training room. Circling on through, he noted that officers do not have a work station now, and they would in the VCI building, which is all on one floor, so interview rooms as well as everything else would be handicapped accessible.

The building is practically ready for the GPD to start doing business from there; the immediate things that would need to be done are to build a ramp to the front entrance, which has one relatively small step onto the porch, and to install at least three security doors at key spots in the building, Turcotte said.

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