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Jefferson Co sheriff's deputies beg for new office

Jefferson County sheriff's investigators said working in their office built in the 1880s is a challenge.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR -- Jefferson County sheriff's investigators said working in their office built in the 1880s is a challenge.  First, the ceiling tile could cave in at any moment, and some have, according to pictures provided by deputies.

"Several years ago I came in the office one day and there were 2 inches of water in the floor," said Lt. Bill Lindsay.

More flooding like that could destroy tons of evidence used in court.

"I've seen windows fall out of the walls, the whole encasement of the window," said Lindsay.

Lt. Lindsay said investigators and patrol officers don't have any room.

"We're sharing these rooms in here and we're kind of stepping on each other all the time," said Lt. Lindsay.

Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb said the only solution is a brand new office.

"It's not something we just want to do but something we have to do."

Holcomb said the best place is next to the county jail.  That way, the entire sheriff's department can be under one roof instead of scattered across the city.  He plans to ask the quorum court for one-point seven million to begin the project.

"If there's a breach of security somewhere in the jail then we've got all those offices that can react to it right away," said Holcomb.

"We're in a building that was built 100 years ago and we're trying to operate in the 21st century," said Lt. Lindsay.

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