- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police will build a new regional headquarters sometime next year that will consolidate four divisions now housed in separate buildings in southeast Idaho.

“I think it will be a wonderful thing for the public,” Capt. Eric Dayley told the Idaho State Journal (https://bit.ly/1cQbuAT ) in a story Sunday. “The advantage is it will be a one-stop shop.”

The new building would bring the patrol, investigations and training departments, and the forensic laboratory under one roof. The state Legislature authorized $5.4 million earlier this year to construct a new 24,000-square-foot facility in Pocatello.

“The main advantage will be the synergy of working together,” Dayley said. “To have troopers and detectives sharing information every day should be a huge advantage.”

He also said the state will save money by having all the operations at one site. Currently, the patrol division leases a building from the Idaho Transportation Department, and some other operations are in the old Pocatello City Hall.

The building housing the forensic division was never designed to hold a lab, but the new facility will have a modern lab for the Pocatello unit, which specializes in toxicology, Dayley said.

The project is scheduled to begin in August and be finished by 2016.

“We’re really excited about it,” Dayley said. “We appreciate the southeast Idaho legislators who helped push for this funding.”

The new building is planned for property next to the Idaho Transportation Department.

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