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Amanda Moss | Richmond County Daily JournalThe space available at the current Hamlet Police Department headquarters is not enough for the needs of the officers, Chief Amery Griffin says.
Amanda Moss | Richmond County Daily JournalThe space available at the current Hamlet Police Department headquarters is not enough for the needs of the officers, Chief Amery Griffin says.
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HAMLET — More offices, storage space, an interrogation area and a training room are what is in store for the Hamlet Police Department with the anticipated renovations of the A&P building.


The details of the engineering floor plan have been drawn up by Summey Engineering Associates, a engineering company based out of Asheboro. The city of Hamlet entered into a contract with the company for engineering and design services. The value of the contract was $28,500.


Griffin said that this has been a project in the making for many years and that the Hamlet Police Department has been outgrowing its current space for years.


Griffin said the size of the building attached to City Hall on Main Street in Hamlet is around 1,200 square feet. This size will increase to 11,000 square feet after the full renovation of the A&P building across the street from City Hall. There’s plenty of work to be done — at a cost — before anyone moves in.


The roof needs replaced and could cost $364,000. Griffin noted that did not include plumbing, electrical and any updates to the parking lot.


The floor plan, with design ideas mostly coming from Hamlet Police Chief Amery Griffin, shows how the space will be utilized for the benefit of the police department. Summey made changes to the design in accordance with the structure of the building.


There are seven offices for 20 full-time officers and four dispatchers at the current location. The largest room is the evidence room, which is 13-by-16. The largest office 12-by-13. The current space is dwarfed by the floor plan for the future headquarters.


The new average office space will be 16-by-16 with a total of eight offices listed on the floor plan. The new evidence room, which will be at the back end of the A&P building, will be roughly 20-by-72. Griffin said this is an area that is sorely needed due to the large amounts of evidence that the police need to store.


Along with a larger space for evidence, the new police headquarters will have two additions that will be new to them — a class room that can be used for training as well as an interview and interrogation area.


“We have to do a lot of in-service training every year,” Griffin said. “Currently we do it in a RCC (Richmond Community College) classroom if there is even one available.”


The new training room, which measures roughly 22-by-42, will allow the Hamlet Police Department to do its training onsite.


Another space the current headquarters lacks is a space for interviews, something that a police department needs in order to do its job, Griffin said.


Other spaces on the engineering floor plan include areas for utilities, computers, files and equipment with space for a dispatch area, locker room, kitchen, restrooms and a lobby area.


Griffin as of now is unsure when the plans for the mechanical, plumbing, heating and air for the building will be available.


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