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Sikeston DPS readies for new headquarters

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Capt. Mike Williams of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, pictured left, sets up a video display in the training room located in the basement of the new DPS building.
(Scott Welton, Staff)
SIKESTON -- On July 17, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety will be officially located at 201 S. Kingshighway.

"We're still going to be moving, but our main operations will start to function out of here at 8 a.m. that morning," said DPS Director Drew Juden.

While those who show up at the old DPS building at 215 N. New Madrid after the move is made will have to find their way to the new building a few blocks away, citizens contacting DPS by phone shouldn't notice any change at all.

"The phone numbers after the move will be the same numbers you call now," said DPS Capt. Ken Dicus who is in charge of the communications division. "The only people who will know the difference is our communications officers: they'll have more room to work out of and will be in a much nicer facility."

A week from Monday, DPS will begin moving communications and dispatching equipment so it can be up and running the next day on the July 17.

"Communications officers are looking forward to it," Dicus said. "We're all looking forward to moving into the new building."

All existing communications and dispatching equipment is slated to be moved to the new building during those two days.

So far, all is going according to plan.

"We're well within our budget: we've had no cost overruns," Juden said of the building's construction. "Everything has stayed within the projected project costs."

"It's a beautiful building -- something for Sikeston to be proud of," Councilman Mike Bohannon said.

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