New Virginia State Police office unveiled

Published: Nov. 3, 2016 at 4:52 PM EDT
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On Thursday, Virginia State Police unveiled a new, larger facility to work out of in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area.

State troopers were joined by Virginia Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegates Steve Landes and Tony Wilt, as well as local law enforcement and firefighters to dedicate the new Area 16 building in Harrisonburg.

The $400,000 building is nearly 10 times larger than their previous office along South Main Street. Troopers say the new building gives them enough space to unite all of their bureaus under one roof, including investigations and patrol troopers.

"It affords a better working space for the troopers, better privacy for citizens coming in with law enforcement service needs," explained 1st Sgt. Frank Pyanoe.

Sgt. Pyanoe added it allows investigators to have the space they need to collect evidence and conduct interviews privately when needed.

State police have been working out of the building for more than a year while renovations were completed, and troopers said the extra space will help them serve the community better.

"A facility that was adequate enough to house all of our different functions and give us enough space to perform our duties, and this facility meets that goal," Sgt. Pyanoe said of the new building.

Sgt. Pyanoe added the building has exceeded their expectations and more than met their needs.