Mountainburg Police Move into a Building of their Own

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The Mountainburg Police Department is now four times bigger, and better able to protect their community.

For many smaller towns, it’s hard for police departments to have their own building. But after a year of trying, Mountainburg Police Department has a new home sweet home. 

Chief Vincent Clamser, Mountainburg Police said, ‘It’s nice to have our own place. We’ve never had our own place before.”
 
Mountainburg Police Department has been crammed into 200 sq. feet at city hall for over two decades. 
 
The department moved into a building the city has owned for over 40 years, but was never put to use. So, Police Chief Vincent Clamser decided a year ago to change that. 
 
“I think this is great for the entire city. We took an old building, and remodeled it into something that’s useful,” said Chief Clamser. 
 
Before the big move, the 9 officers on roster would have to work out of one room with two desks and no privacy. Not only that, the department would conduct interviews with victims and suspects in the middle of city hall. 
 
“Being in a small town, not everybody wants their business known. And so, when we have to clear out the entire city hall it made some people uncomfortable,” said Clamser. “Now, we have a nice place where someone can come in, and it’s private. And they’re more likely to tell us things than they were before.”
 
Now, the department doesn’t have to compromise the safety of any evidence they collect. Which before was stored in an old shower. 
 
“We now have a way to actually keep that secure for chain of custody from the time the officer takes it till it goes to court. So that’s a great feature in our building that we now have room for that,” explained Clamser. 
 
The new building even has a yard for their K9 officer, Duke. 
 
“It’s really great that we have room to breathe, and to get everything that we need to done without cramming it into one little space,” said Clamser. 
 
Mountainburg police hope the new building opens doors for more people to meet the officers who keep the streets safe. 

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