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Joint law enforcement center may save $150,000 annually

March 1, 2011

An artist's drawing shows a proposed joint headquarters for the local police department and sheriff's office, to be built at the Howard County Jail site. (Courtesy photo)

Officials with the city of Big Spring and Howard County unveiled proposed plans for a joint law enforcement center Monday night, promising a long-term savings of a minimum of $150,000 a year to local taxpayers if the plan is adopted by both governments.

Members of the Big Spring City Council held a meeting alongside Howard County commissioners to present the proposed law enforcement center — which would be located at the newly built county jail, located on W. Highway 80 — to the public in hopes of garnering input from local residents, according to County Judge Mark Barr.

The meeting began with a presentation by Sheriff Stan Parker and BSPD Chief Lonnie Smith, who described some of the challenges both law enforcement agencies are facing.

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