Sparta Police Department planning for the future

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

SPARTA, Wis. (WEAU) --
A lack of space and climate control are some concerns an area police chief has about his station.

That’s why the Sparta Police Chief said he’s trying to educate the community and local leaders about the department’s future needs.

Two or three patrol officers to a desk, an evidence room that used to be bedrooms for firefighters with no ventilation and ammunition and weapons stored in a former jail cell are just some of what the Sparta Police Department is dealing with.

“This building has worked for 60 years. It would be nice to have a building you know a new building that would last another 60 years,” said Sparta Police Chief Michael Kass.

Kass said the building used to house the police department, fire department and jail, but in the early 90s it just became the police department.

“It’s adequate for today, we’re able to do our policing mission without any problem, and we’ll continue to you know do the best job that we can for as long as it takes,” said Kass.

The sergeant office doesn’t have a radiator, so during the winter they have to keep the door open to stay warm.

Kass said it’s up to the city to decide whether police should have a new station or improvements should be made to the current one.

City Administrator Todd Fahning said it’s very important to the city that police officers have a station that meets their needs.

“We take public safety very seriously and you know this is the first step in a long process. It’s a very complicated building, and we want to make sure it’s constructed in the right way, and in the right location and it serves the public and the officers for the long run,” said Fahning.

Fahning said it will likely take six to seven years to see a new or renovated police station.

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