- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids plans a $345,000 renovation to its police station lobby that will address long-held security concerns and restrict public access inside the department’s headquarters.

Capt. David Kiddle tells The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1miUYv7 ) that security at the Monroe Center headquarters was set before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The facility opened before the attacks. It doesn’t have a secure lobby and one entrance was shut to boost security.

Under the new plans, officers would sit behind bullet-resistant glass. A staircase and elevator leading to offices wouldn’t be accessible to the public.

Grand Rapids City commissioners recently targeted $105,000 to go toward the renovation, which could get underway this summer. Capital funds from the police department and facilities management are expected to pay for the rest of the work.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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