Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Plans have been unveiled for the expansion of the Morris County Public Safety Academy complex on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders is moving ahead with the construction of a two-story, 31,000-square-foot addition to accommodate, among other things, the county’s new Emergency Communications Center that will have the capacity to cover any of the county’s 39 towns that wanted to consolidate its dispatch service with the county.

According to Freeholder Doug Cabana, the $24.6 million addition will also provide for the future growth of Emergency Management’s Emergency Call Center and additional space for the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit and a new crime lab.

The expansion will also afford a more secure location for the county’s computer server, which is the hub of the county government’s information system, Cabana said.

Groundbreaking is not expected to occur until 2011, and the anticipated completion date for the project is July 2013.