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City officials pursue church for police department

Laurie Everett • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

The Mt. Juliet Police Department may soon have a new home if city commissioners continue their pursuit to buy Joy Church on Charlie Daniels Parkway. 

Initially, commissioners contemplated buying the church for about $1 million for City Hall offices. However, city officials determined the space would be better for police. 

“Joy Church offers much more for the police department than the current building,” said police spokesperson Tyler Chandler. 

The police department needs a secure parking lot to be accredited. 

“We need a free-standing police department,” said Chandler. “This allows for growth and eventually a garage in the back.”

Currently the person who processes evidence is tucked in a vault.

“We need a secure facility,” said Chandler. 

There’s also currently no holding cell at this time. A move to Joy Church will include one. There are 43 officers on a staff of 60 now. 

The cost of Joy Church will be $1.5 million with a city investment of $300,000 in increments over five years. 

Commissioners are expected to cast a final vote soon. 

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