Marana police hoping for new home

MARANA – The police department is hoping for a new $15 million facility.

Chief Terry Rozema said it is eventually going to be a necessity, considering the town’s growth in both size and population.

“Right now, we get by using that which we have and just providing the best service we can with what we have,” Rozema said, “But again, as growth continues to happen, it’s going to be important that we grow with it.”

Marana police do not have traditional holding cells. They are quickly outgrowing their evidence and records facilities, among other issues.

Rozema said the inefficiencies are a waste of resources.

The expansion would likely cost taxpayers through a sales tax. The Marana Town Council is considering up to a half-percent increase.

The department will host an open house at its operations center at 5100 West Ina Road at 6 p.m. Monday. Another open house will be held November 13.

The open houses are informative sessions. Public comments about the proposal can be expressed at hearings on November 18 and December 2.

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