Joint Law Enforcement Center
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) and Chillicothe Police Department (CPD) are very excited to announce that we will soon operate out of the same building. Both the sheriff, chief of police brought this to the city administrator and county commission and together we have had discussion on this potentially taking place. Fortunately we are to the point we can move forward with these plans.
The Chillicothe Police Department will be in the exact same location while the Livingston County Sheriff's Office will be moving from the current location into 919 Jackson Street which is the south portion of the building the CPD is housed in. This will allow both agencies to work more closely together, save money, with the biggest benefit being a much better exchange of information and assistance on many issues. Entry to both agencies will be through the north side of the building where the public currently accesses the CPD.
Almost daily both agencies see people come in that actually need to see someone from the other law enforcement office. This will also help make it a "one stop cop shop" for our citizens and simplify the process they deal with. Our goal date for moving is May 10, 2021. We are working on getting computer, phone and other electrical lines ran so that we can minimize any down time. This will take us a few days to get organized and back to full service in the administrative office of the LCSO.
Other issues Chief Maples and Sheriff Cox are working on is having joint investigations of very serious crimes such as a specialized group of officers trained as a Sexual Assault Investigations Team. When a serious offense occurs we can focus having specialized officers and deputies assigned to those investigations. This too can save both organizations money and time while providing an overall better service to our citizens.
Currently the Missouri Driver's License Exam office and Rumery and Associates are currently housed in the south side of the CPD building but they will be moving into the administrative portion of the current LCSO at 901 Webster Street. Livingston County will keep the current sheriff's office building as the former jail area is used to store a large amount of the county office records and that area of the building will remain secure and only accessible to county employees.
The Sheriff's Office building was completed in 1978 and originally planned to be the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Jail and house the Chillicothe Police Department in addition to having a full basement and ability for a second story. It is unknown why some of those original plans changed but it is our understanding the basement was dug but filled with sand when the plans changed. The building has only housed the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and Jail but the jail closed December 2012 and detainees have since been housed at Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, which process has actually saved Livingston County tax dollars as compared to staffing and operating a jail.
We view this as a huge positive step forward for our citizens and law enforcement. We will keep you updated with information as we get closer to moving our operations. We are hopeful all of our citizens will appreciate this joint law enforcement center.
We wish to thank the city and county governments and our citizens for allowing us to move forward with this project.
Sheriff Steve Cox and Chief Jon Maples