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New Magistrate Center Proposed For North Austin

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 08:20 PM CDT

Austin police officers currently book prisoners at a facility in Downtown Austin. But at Thursday's city council meeting, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said not only is Austin outgrowing the facility, it's taking too long for officers in northern parts of the city to book the people they arrest.

"The most important piece for us is that we will be able to free up officers. That's really key for us as an organization. Trying to figure out how we can do more with existing personnel," says Chief Acevedo.

He says officers won't have to drive all the way downtown to book people into the jail, saving time and money.

"The actual build out cost including the facility configuration for the rent including the actual construction cost and the equipment and technology and vehicles required is over $5 million," says Chief Acevedo.

He estimates the city will be able to recuperate the cost after five years.

Chief Acevedo says "It's just a really good centralized area. Space we already own and a space that is industrialized."

By Lydia Pantazes

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New Magistrate Center Proposed For North Austin


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