Pataskala leaders are looking at other cities' police buildings to determine how to proceed with changes to the Pataskala Division of Police headquarters.

Pataskala leaders are looking at other cities' police buildings to determine how to proceed with changes to the Pataskala Division of Police headquarters.

"We're trying not to reinvent the wheel," said Pataskala police Chief Bruce Brooks. "We're basically copying what other departments our size have done."

City officials in 2014 decided to look at the needs of the police division when considering improvements to the former town hall building at 430 S. Main St.

The police are based on the first floor and part of the ground-floor basement. The Sterling Theater is on the second floor.

Brooks said storage is a problem at the Main Street building.

The layout also is not ideal, he said.

Offices separated by a lobby and interview rooms were put in as space allowed.

"If you have a victim and a suspect in the building at the same time, there's really no good way to keep them separate and safe," Brooks said.

The old town hall, which the city owns, has undergone several renovations.

Brooks said he's working with Deputy Chief Michael Boals, city administrator Benjamin King, Mayor Mike Compton and representatives of Horne and King Architects of Dublin to determine the police division's needs and what land or building space would be available.

Compton said the group recently held its third meeting.

Brooks said the group is looking at future expansion of the city as it determines the police division's needs.

"(A new building) needs to house our needs all the way into the next 20 years," Brooks said.

Compton said the city needs to know the size of the building and what it would cost to build.

The city also is reviewing potential sites it owns.

Compton said there seems to be enough land behind Pataskala City Hall for another building between the parking lot and Karr Park.

"If we choose to build behind City Hall, it would be a complex in one location," Compton said. "I think that's a great selling point. Plus, we own the property there.

"We're also considering other city property."

City Council has not identified potential funding for moving the police headquarters.

King has said he hopes to have a report on the project to present to Pataskala City Council in April.