Dublin Villager

Capital Improvements Program

Police projects call for Justice Center expansion, radio upgrades


New intersection cameras, a radio system upgrade and an expansion at the Justice Center are all planned for the Dublin Police over the next five years.

The 2014-18 capital improvement program set to be voted on by Dublin City Council members Sept. 9 includes several upgrades and some new equipment for police.

The city plans to spend $80,000 each in 2014 and 2015 for intersection and crime prevention cameras. In 2013, $105,000 was spent installing a few cameras around the city.

"This project will provide traffic cameras at high traffic, high incident locations and add crime prevention cameras at city properties such as parks, parking areas, pools and other open spaces," the capital improvement program states.

Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg last week said the cameras could show police an accident or crime.

Also in the capital improvement program for police are renovations and expansions at the 20-year-old Justice Center.

"There has been significant growth in our staffing," Dublin Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall said.

The additions planned for the Justice Center in 2014 will include more rooms for detectives to question suspects, an expansion for the role call room, a meeting room and more lockers and storage.

The communications area that handles 9-1-1 calls at the Justice Center will also see an expansion as Dublin takes on calls for other communities.

The work at the Justice Center will include a two-story addition and expansion of the communications area. The project carries a $5.5 million price tag.

Police are also set to receive new records, dispatching and mobile systems for $325,000 in 2014.

The current records and dispatching mobile system was installed in 1998 and an upgrade is needed to keep accreditation, a staff report to council said.

"The present field reporting does not support the state mandated crash report resulting in inefficient manually written reports," the report said.

"The new system will be a long-term solution to enable multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency capabilities for data sharing and processing with other agencies."

Money is also included for the replacement of firearms that have been used on-duty for 10 years or more, and $20,000 each in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to replace defibrillators in police cars that are no longer backed by the manufacturer.