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Police Move On Target
As the communications tower went up, boxes of old cases were being gone through and purged, with the time growing short for Escalon Police Department in its Coley Avenue home.

The new Police Department facility at 2040 McHenry is coming along quickly, and department members are getting ready for the big move, slated to occur later this fall.

Right now, they are going though old case files, stored evidence and miscellaneous items to clean out, making sure they only take what they need from the old building to the new.

"Some of these cases date back to the 1950s," Code Enforcement Officer Katie Kirkbride said of the stored files. "Plus there is outdated equipment, just odd and ends."

Evidence still stored in cases that have been adjudicated or that the statute of limitations has expired on are being purged.

Kirkbride pointed out a couple of 'typical' cases from the mid-1950s.

At 4:20 p.m. on April 7, 1955, offices responded to a report of a man using profane language and riding his horse on Main Street in an erratic manner. According to the police report, the man was arrested for being under the influence of an intoxicant and booked.

Another man was taken into custody for being drunk in public at 11:45 p.m. on April 14, 1953 and the inventory done before he was booked showed he had one knife, one comb, some papers and letters and a wallet containing $1 with him at the time of his arrest.

"We've got some old photos to go through," Kirkbride added. "I hope to finish up by the end of the month but we have close to 30 boxes to go though."

Goal of the clean up, she said, is to get as organized and up to date as possible.

"We're reorganizing and catching up, trying to streamline for efficiency ad effectiveness," she said.

Meanwhile, crews were on scene on Friday morning, Sept. 4, getting the new radio tower installed, including the 140-foot high tower topped by a 20-foot antenna.

Inside, windows and doors are in, lockers have been installed, evidence storage units are in ... and crews are getting the finishing touches on the building, getting it ready for the moving in of desks, chairs and assorted office equipment.

Officials are anticipating a moving day sometime in October, with a formal 'opening ceremony' for the new facility likely in November.

Police Chief Doug Dunford said he is still amazed at how quickly the building is changing, with something new done every day at the site.

The police department facility is the first of two new buildings for city offices; the second unit will be done later and will house all city offices expect for Public Works, which will maintain its location at the City Corporation Yard on Main Street.