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New Easton police headquarters coming together

EASTON, Pa. - It won't be long now before Easton's finest can set up shop in their new digs.

The city's police department announced last year it was moving to a different building on Fourth Street, but first, renovations were needed.

The first thing you notice is there is a lot more space now for officers to do their jobs.

The work is moving along, but there is still a long way to go. The outside of the new headquarters is just about finished. Crews still need to put up paneling and paint certain areas.

Inside, you need to use your imagination a little. The metal framing is up, but all the walls are not complete.

"It's come a long way, especially in the last month, let alone in the last six months since they started with the construction," said Easton Police Chief Carl Scalzo.

There will be three floors in the new $7.24 million headquarters. Downstairs there will be a state of the art firing range. There will also be a larger classroom, a defense tactics training area and workout facility. Each place will help with keeping Easton an accredited police department.

"The building was designed obviously with accreditation in mind,” added Scalzo. “Obviously we knew the standards that we had to meet and this building definitely had to reach those standards which it absolutely did."

Specialized rooms and plenty of space will be key for the department to better serve Easton residents. All the evidence with be in one room instead of four, there will be more interview rooms, and they'll have a larger lobby for people coming into the department looking for help.

"It's a lot of separation of all the disciplines within the law enforcement genre where basically we can keep guys separate and give them the space to do their specific functions,” said Scalzo. “All that helps.”

The big question is when will everything be done. Scalzo expects the city to receive the keys in August, and by September the doors should be open to the public.

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