A $10.5 million addition and renovation to the Dublin Justice Center, 6565 Commerce Parkway, are now complete.

The 18-month project that included an 18,000-square-foot addition was unveiled during an open house June 15.

The project targeted the center's need for additional space for the patrol, communication, records, and investigations bureaus and added room for training.

The original building was one floor with a basement, and the addition has two floors. In addition to the city's police department, court services and the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center are housed in the building.

Improvements include renovation of administrative offices and the records bureau and an expanded detection bureau and reception area. The building also has a larger emergency communications and dispatching operation.

The Justice Center has an authorized staff of 70 sworn officers and 41 civilian staff members.

The building has three adult jail cells and a juvenile jail cell. Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said the jail space will be complete within the next month. For the time being, the city is using the city of Hilliard's jail space instead.

von Eckartsberg said the renovation actually decreased the size of the jail. When the Justice Center was built in 1993 it was thought that the facility would feature a full-service jail.

"It's not ever going to happen," he said.

The center project is just part of the advancements taking place for Dublin police.

The department also plans to begin using 10 body cameras on a trial basis before the end of the year, von Eckartsberg said.

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