Harrisonburg The General Assembly granted the Virginia State Police money to buy a new building for the Harrisonburg office. According to VSP, the current building is outdated and too small to accommodate today's needs.
Currently, the 750 square-foot building has room for six people but sometimes up to 10 people share this space.
Trooper Brian Breeden who works at the office said it can be hard to do his job in the tight space.
"We are very cramped. Very cramped quarters," said Breeden.
The building does not have enough space for evidence or files. Breeden only has two drawers to keep three years worth of reports. Otherwise, he has to store them outside of the building.
"Storage has to be either in a shed that is in the back of the office or some of our files, the troopers may have to keep them in a secure place at home," said Breeden.
First Sergeant Frank Pyanoe is currently searching for another office that is at least 2,000 to 4,000 square ft.
The General Assembly gave VSP nearly $700,000 to buy a new building. According to VSP, the money would also go toward funding an environmental study, surveying, appraisal, insurance, among others.
"We are not looking for the Taj Mahal but we are looking for adequate space for the troopers to do their reports, for privacy for interviews during criminal suspects and victims," said Pyanoe.
Pyanoe said right now, troopers use his office to interview people. Troopers also interview people in their cars or they use interview rooms at Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.
Breeden said more space could make all their jobs easier.
"We are not expecting a whole lot but we are in dire need of more space," said Breeden.
The Harrisonburg office serves Harrisonburg city and Rockingham county.
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