By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –
Walk up the steps to the second floor of Inskeep Hall and you’ll immediately notice the new look. You’ll notice new brushed aluminum handrails, new tile on the floor and new paint on the walls. There is even that new office smell.
Renovations to the second floor of the historic Moorefield building were completed recently and the Moorefield Police Department has moved into their new home. “The Moorefield Town Council has had a lot of foresight and have gone through a lot of challenges to make this the best police department in the state and this office is evidence of that,” said Moorefield Police Chief Steve Reckart.
The Moorefield Law Enforcement Center is located above the town office at 204 Winchester Ave. The state-of-the-art facility boasts a reception area, a space for municipal court, the chief’s office.
Down the hall are officers’ work stations located in an open room with a large, flat-screen monitor. “Eventually, we will have cameras mounted around town and the officers can monitor everything on the flat screen,” Reckart said.
Adjacent to the patrolmen’s offices are supervisors’ offices and two interview rooms. The interview rooms are separated with one-way glass and will be equipped with video and audio recording capabilities.
Across the hall are men and women’s locker rooms, restrooms and showers.
At the end of the hall is a training room. Reckart, who recently attended a seminar on Internet Crimes Against Children, hopes to share information with other law enforcement groups and recoup some of the cost of the facility. “I hope to have our first training meeting here within the next few months,” he said.
The Moorefield Law Enforcement Center is Reckart’s brainchild. He completely designed it from the high-tech wiring to the tiles on the floor and the paint on the walls.
“I was detachment commander at the Petersburg/ Moorefield detachment when it was being constructed, so I got to see what worked and what didn’t,” he said. “Then I was Logistics Commander for the Eastern Panhandle and I visited other precincts. Again, I could see what they did and what worked and what didn’t. That’s not to mention my background in real estate. I have a broker’s license, so I’ve been around construction a bit.”
A far cry from the police headquarters Reckart inherited on the first floor of Inskeep Hall, the new offices have been more than a year in the making. He first brought plans to renovate the second floor to council in August last year.
First there were bidding issues and an increase in the original price tag. Construction began, but was soon halted when the WV Division of Labor received a complaint that some of the subcontracted workers did not have the proper licenses…