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Marana Police planning for a new $22 million dollar headquarters

Posted at 8:04 AM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 10:04:10-05
Marana is one of Arizona's fastest growing cities, now with a population of over 35,000.
To keep up with all of the growth Marana's Police Department has grown as well. 
The city now has 89 officers, but Marana PD is in desperate need of better facilities to help them do their job. 
Now there are plans for a new $22 million dollar police headquarters. 
"Across the board I think people are excited. People in the Police Department are more excited than anybody, knowing that we're going to have these state of the art facilities," according the Chief Terry Rozema. 
The state of the art facilities, a new $22 million dollar police headquarters in Marana. 
The finishing touches to the designs are being made right now. 
But some may look at the current building and wonder why Marana PD needs a new one? 
Chief Rozema says it's a fantastic office building, but not a police station.
"It doesn't have training facilities, holding cells, adequate record storage. Some of the things are very crucial to our day to day functions and operations we really lack here." 
Chief Rozema traveled across the state and across the country seeing other new police stations, getting ideas.    
The new Marana Headquarters will have secure holding cells, class rooms for officer training, an indoor shooting range, and a virtual training room.
Plus adequate storage for records and evidence storage, something they desperately lack now. 
"Instead of running up a debt on this $22 million dollar project for a new headquarters, Marana plans on using a temporary half-cent sales tax, as well as money from the general funds, and money from RICO Funds." 
 Chief Rozema says he's received strong support from city leaders and residents. 
"Tremendous support from our community! Of the 500 plus surveys 96-percent were in favor of a half cent sales tax increase to pay for this."
Construction just east of the current building is set to begin in late spring. 
The new police headquarters in Marana should open sometime in the summer of 2018.