Out with Old…In with New









Soon West Hazleton Police Officers will be working out of a new
home.**The plan is to get into the old Annex building, that sits along
Broad Street in West Hazleton, by February or March of next year. The
building will provide much more space for officers and will be more
visible to the public. Plans for the new building were looked over today
by Mayor Frank Schmidt and Police Chief Brian Buglio. Come next week,
the plans will be presented to council and if all goes as planned,
council will approve them. Borough officials are excited for the big
move and gave us a sneak peek of the renovation plans*. *The Chief says
much of the buildings “look” will remain the same but everything will be
updated.The money for the project comes from a gaming grant. The Borough
applied for a total of $450,000, but was only able to obtain half of the
money the first time around. So, Chief Buglio tells News 13, they will
work in phases. Police will be able to move into the new building once
the first phase is completed.The plan is to add more technology to the
building and do more renovating as time goes on.

And its out with the old and in with the new in a big way for the West
Hazleton Police Department. A new police station isn’t the only upgrade
on the way. The Police Department is exploring options to hopefully
drive off in a new set of wheels.***
*A 2012 Ford Taurus Interceptor…Ford’s first year for the brand new
model, was on display at the Borough today for the Police Chief and
Borough Officials to take a closer look at. Not only is the car all
wheel drive, but it’s turbo charged. Police Chief Brian Buglio says the
final decision will all come down to the department’s finances.Chief
Buglio says the all wheel drive vehicle will be great for the winter
time and cut down on the use of the department’s SUV.
If all works out, the department hopes to be behind the wheels of this
new cruiser in about three months.

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