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New Silvis Police Station

City of Silvis
A drawing of the new Silvis Police station

By the end of this year, the Silvis Police Department will move into a new building. Monday morning, city officials broke ground for a new headquarters near the Genesis Hospital Illini Campus. 

Police Chief Mark VanKlavern says the current station has just 3,000 square feet and very little space for officers, dispatchers and other personnel.
The new building will have three times the space of the old one, that's now located downtown, on First Avenue at 11th Street. 

Built in 1925, the old station is showing signs of age.

Construction will probably begin in about a month, and the new Silvis Police station could be finished by Christmas. The estimated cost is 2.5 million dollars.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.