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Pasco Police Department Makes Plans For Overdue Expansion

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PASCO, WA. -- Pasco Police are looking forward to a new space for their police department. The city approved a special permit at Monday night's meeting and hope to have the project complete by the end of next year. 

The new Pasco Police building will cost $8 million and span 30,000 square feet, more than twice the space they are in now. The new building will be located in this patch of grass right next to the Pasco City Hall. 

The entire project will be paid for by a public safety tax approved by voters in 2011. The Pasco Police Department has been located in city hall since the city moved into the building in 1995. Since then the force has more than doubled from 30 officers to more than 70. Pasco Police Captain Ken Roske says the department is excited about the upcoming move. 

"I really think the community piece of this, being able to house community meetings and stuff with the community room that will be attached with that is going to be a great asset," Captain Roske said. "Help us continue with our partnership building in the community."

Work on the new building won't start for some time. The city hasn't accepted a bid on the project yet. But when it is done, Captain Roske says it will have the newest technology to help them be more efficient. 

Another update we want to bring you, also during Monday night's meeting, the Pasco City Council approved new voting district boundaries for council members. Two voting districts in Pasco will now have an increased Hispanic majority according to the Pasco City Manager.