Senoia Police to hold open house for kids/adults Saturday

It’s been a long wait but it will be worth every minute, especially for the kids. Staff at the Senoia Police and Municipal Court will hold an open house at the new building on Howard Road on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The open house is meant to be festive, with trick or treat activities for the kids along with games and a costume contest that will begin at 11 a.m. Tours of the new facility will also be provided.

Visitors Saturday will find offices in the police department side of the building for the clerk, shift commander, captain and the chief. And there are three offices for investigations, a conference room, work areas for road supervisors, interview and observation rooms, computer room, weapons storage and evidence rooms, an intoxication room, a roll call and break room, shower room and a number of supply and storage rooms.

The court services side of the building includes a large court room with offices for the court clerk and the judge and a holding room for inmate court appearances. Technologically, it is state-of-the-art and will provide for the digital recording of court proceedings.

“It’s got just about everything you can think of. And it’s user-friendly for officers and citizens,” Police Chief Jason Edens said recently. “Every vision for what I have for the police department is solidified with what we’re doing here and (with the building opening) it will bring a new face to the department.”

The 8,310 square-foot building sits on approximately three acres on Howard Road near the city’s ball fields. The land was purchased from Southern Mills in 2008 for $232,000.

The project was funded through the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Brick and Mortar Program. Through the program, GMA essentially purchases the property, constructs the building and leases it to the city. Once the building is paid off, GMA signs it back over to the city.

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