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Chief: Police station too close to busy train track

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 21 2015 May 21, 2015 May 21, 2015 10:48 PM May 21, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

AMITE - The police chief is tired of the city being railroaded by the railroad, so he wants to move the police department away from the train tracks in downtown.

"If I'm getting stabbed, I don't wanna tell 'em to 'hold on a minute,'" Chief Jerry Trabona joked in an interview with WBRZ's Bett Buffington for WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Thursday.

Trabona said trains blast through downtown, rattling the police station that is inside the historic train depot. The department moved in in 1976. Today, it's outgrowing the wooden building and is feeling the stress of being eight feet from the train tracks. Not too long ago, the chief said, a shelf fell and hit a dispatcher as a train rattled through town.

"The vibration now is so great that it just knocked the shelf off loaded with books and hit her in the head and cost about $3,700 in doctor bills," he said.

The chief said he is most concerned about a catastrophe on the tracks, and what would happen if the police station took the brunt of a disaster.

"I can try to run. My people can try to run. Those ones that are locked up in the jail back there, there is no where for them to go," Trabona said.

The city owns a building in a more secure place, the chief sad, but there is no money to move officers to the building.

"It's a good point, when are we going to get moved out here?"

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