Law enforcement from three local departments merging

CALHOUN COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Things are changing for police in Calhoun County. Soon the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall Police and Michigan State Police Coldwater post will all be housed at one brand new state of the art facility in Marshall.

Although police are moving their offices they say it won’t affect the areas they patrol.

They say this switch makes working together much easier.

Some important changes are taking place in Marshall.

At the Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center, Calhoun County deputies, Michigan State Police troopers, and Marshall Police officers are all starting to settle in to their new office.

“It’s been hard to be a police officer here the past year and a half or so and I can see the excitement in my staff once again,” said Sheriff Matthew Saxton, Calhoun County.

The old Calhoun County Jail facility in Marshall will be demolished to make room for parking and once troopers move to Marshall. Residents will no longer be able to walk into the Michigan State Police Coldwater post.

“They’ll have to dial a phone number or there will be a push box outside that they can push and that will take them to dispatch but they’ll be there it’s not like they’re leaving, troopers will still be working in Branch County,” said 1st Lt. James Coleman, Michigan State Police.

So far police from all agencies seem to be excited about the move Sheriff Saxton says having these departments so close has already come in handy.

Other officers are excited about the extra room and high-tech aspects of the new building.

“Just the fact that we have so much room for growth is probably one of my favorite things, I envisioned not just our agencies but the agencies that are here in this building but all the agencies that work in southwest Michigan will collectively be able to come here and have training sessions or conferences or whatever they want to do,” said Lt. Coleman.

Michigan State Police say they hope to have everything moved from the Coldwater post by October 5.

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