Progress on new public safety complex

Progress on new public safety complex

LAWTON, Okla._More progress is being made toward breaking ground on Lawton's new public safety complex. For the past two days, city officials have met with the architectural company contracted to draw up the plans for the new facilities.

Today, they toured each of the departments and learned how they can make operations more efficient with the new $36 million complex. Company representative Rick Davidson says this is the first phase of putting together official plans for the new police and fire stations, city jail, and courthouse.

"I mean obviously they are in older facilities, and as time goes on your operation changes," said Davidson. "So we are getting them back to the best practices of operations."

Dewberry will report back to the city by the end of the year with how the department's needs can fit within the budget and be more efficient. After everything is agreed on, they can begin to design the complex. They plan to start building around this time next year.