PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Pass Christian officials spent Wednesday afternoon digging up a new future for the city's police department and emergency operations center. The new building is being constructed on high and dry land, 34 feet above sea level and untouched by Katrina's devastating storm surge.
Even though move-in day is still a year away, police officers can hardly wait.
"We've been counting down the days," Chief Investigator James Stewart said. "We're just so glad to get the new building built where I have some facilities where I can work with and store equipment and do a better job."
The current police department is cramped, and filled with makeshift furniture and supplies. Administrative personnel do the best they can in the harsh conditions. After more than four years of working out of the rather spartan trailers, the men and women of the Pass Christian Police Department are happy and relieved to be moving into a new multi-million dollar building; A building that will be much more safe.
"It should be a feeling of safety because of the way it's going to be built," Police Chief John Dubuisson. "It's going to be strong enough to withstand a hurricane or any disaster, as far as that goes."
The strength of the building means it can tolerate winds of up to 200 miles per hour. That's a comforting thought for police officers who nearly lost their lives seeking shelter from Katrina in the city's library.