Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Opens New Evidence Facility

By on February 12, 2019 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – Construction wraps up two months early for what some call a “much-needed” upgrade for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Just over a year ago (February 6th, 2018), Volusia County approved a contract to build a brand new evidence facility for the county Sheriff’s office. That contract totaled around $13 million, which included $11,794,504 for building costs and over $300,000 for furniture.

Construction was expected to wrap up in April of 2019, but instead finished ahead of schedule.

“It’s a much needed project not just for the Sheriff’s office, but for the county too,” says Andrew Gant with VCSO.

The old facility was originally based out of an old Volusia County Prison Farm built around the 1930’s in DeLand, and, according to Gant, it wasn’t designed to house evidence storage.

Some of the problems that plagued the old building include flooding issues, mold and peeling paint, which would become a hassle for VCSO.

“It had to be constantly remediated and repaired,” says Gant. “It was completely inadequate.”

This building, according to Gant, will not just be bigger than the old facility, but will also fix all of the problems that haunted the old location.

The new facility, which is now located near the VCSO Training Center off of Tiger Bay Road, has around 29,000 square feet for work space, and will feature brand new state-of-the-art efficiencies in air quality, safety and security as well as better storm protection.

The building will also have a 5,100 square foot of covered storage for confiscated vehicles.

Both VCSO and members from the Volusia County Council are scheduled to attend the official ribbon cutting for the facility, which is set for next Thursday (February 21st) at 9 a.m.

Photos courtesy of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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