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Reader's view: Move police department into old county jail

I'm sure the following idea has been brought up before. But would it not make some sense? The News Tribune has been, of late, telling how down-and-out the Duluth Police Department is (Our View: "An arresting argument for new Duluth police digs," ...

I'm sure the following idea has been brought up before. But would it not make some sense?

The News Tribune has been, of late, telling how down-and-out the Duluth Police Department is (Our View: "An arresting argument for new Duluth police digs," July 20). Would it not make a lot of sense to look at the old St. Louis County jail in downtown Duluth as a new police station? The department would have a building of its own and would be close to the courts. Since there's a desire to keep the jail as part of the city's Civic Center, so why not gut the inside and replace the roof, if need be, and give the city officers three or four more floors to store or hold whatever?

Needless to say, this idea would cost a lot. But, at the same time, it would replace other costs in the city budget, keep the Civic Center intact, and the police department in the center of Duluth as it should be. This would appease those who oppose its demise.

Sounds like there will have to be something done at the department. There is a tunnel over to the courthouse, and that will fit right in.

I think the words with regard to this idea are "common sense" and "everyone will be happy."

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Grab some more of the Democrats' stimulus money, and let's have at it.

George Watts
Canyon

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