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Waco Police Department to move into new offices June 3

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The Waco Police Department says starting on Wednesday they plan to place a large banner and smaller signs around the Waco area to notify residents of their upcoming move.

Waco police spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton says the long-awaited move into the Hillcrest Tower Building will happen on June 3. The new Waco Police Department building will be located at 3115 Pine Ave.

According to Sgt. Swanton, Waco police have been in their current 4th Street facility for almost 50 years.

The city of Waco bought the building and its parking garage for more than $3.2 million after Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center moved into their new hospital facility off Interstate 35. Voters approved a new police station as part of a May 2007 bond election.

Delays were brought about when doctors, who occupied some of the space in the building, were allowed to find new locations, and the heating and air conditioning system had to be separated from the main hospital building. 

Swanton says the interior of the building was gutted and refinished to meet the needs of the Waco Police Department. The move will relieve cramping and tight spaces in the current police station and allow consolidation of evidence storage in one location. 

Swanton also says neighbors in the area have been very supportive of the move after voicing fears of a neighborhood decline when the hospital moved.

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