Groundbreaking held for new Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Ctr.

Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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MARSHALL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan community is one step closer to a big law enforcement collaboration.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center.

It will bring the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police, and Marshall Public Safety together in the same building.

The complex will reportedly be the first in Michigan to bring state, county, and city police under one roof.

The center is being built in Marshall, near the high school.

It has taken 4 years to make the $12 million project a reality.

Authorities say it represents a central location for all the agencies involved.

A new state police post is being created to better patrol I-69 and I-94.

Lots of money is expected to be saved by them sharing a facility.

It will also help officers share information and work together to patrol the community.

"Over 60 percent of the space is shared space, so a Marshall police officer will be working side by side with state police. Share detectives. MSP is going to handle all the evidence from the 3 agencies," said Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton.

"Our goals are the same: to serve and protect and being able to do that together, everyone has different assets," Marshall Public Safety Chief Jim Schwartz said.

The law enforcement center is set to open later next year.

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