STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - After a year of construction, Georgia Southern University Police have moved back into their headquarters.
The year-long renovation didn’t add a lot of square footage, but the space and technology they did add makes a huge difference.
The new entrance and sign might be the only changes you notice, but staff members say it’s like night and day. Deb Rowe has worked in every building the department’s ever had.
“When I started back in ’78, we had four rooms and were up on the circle,” Rowe said.
Last year, we showed you how they’d gutted the interior to start almost from scratch. The extension to the building features a classroom for roll call and meetings they can actually stream to the Armstrong campus or elsewhere. The building also features space for officers to work and a modern evidence room and safety features that begin where they bring in suspects and keep them secured.
“Now when you come in this facility, in this area where booking is, you can’t exit this area unless you have key card access,” said Chief Laura McCullough, Georgia Southern University PD.
She says the new technology allows them more monitoring of the 1,500 security cameras on campus and more of a feeling they have the tools to protect everyone on campus.
The chief says this building feels more like the headquarters for a police department.