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Hurricane Michael forces Jackson County Sheriff's Office to relocate

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 18:18:23-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. — While counties in the Big Bend and Panhandle are monitoring what could be a strong storm, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office is getting ready to move into a safer building that could withhold the strength that the storm could pack.

Tuesday, the 911 system will officially move into its new building. Then on Wednesday, every other operation will move in.

The old building was damaged by Hurricane Michael. After the storm, former Governor Rick Scott gave the former Juvenile Detention Facility to JCSO.

It's a much more secure building, that will be able to withstand any other storms that come. It'll also be a safe zone for online sales and parent swaps that will have video and audio monitoring.

"A lot of benefits. Before the Sheriff's Office wasn't under one roof. We've been scattered since the storm and that wasn't helpful for anybody," said Captain Scott Edwards, with Jackson County Sheriff's Office. "We've been living under conditions that aren't livable, so this is tremendous."

JCSO will also be unveiling the new 911 system that will increase functions like response time and call locating.

They're also unveiling a new website that will give people the option to send in information online.

For anyone who may have trouble finding the new location, it's actually on the Dozier School Campus on South Street in Marianna.

There will be a patrol car and signs out front to help people find their way.