The newest version of the Redwood Falls Law Enforcement Center is a mix of old and new....

The newest version of the Redwood Falls Law Enforcement Center is a mix of old and new. Walk into the new entrance just northeast of the courthouse, and you’ll find a lobby with two separate windows for two separate agencies: the Redwood Falls Police Department on the left, and the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department on the right. The police department now fills the area that the two agencies used to share. The sheriff’s department is almost entirely new, with the dispatcher’s office and jail just tweaked from what the were a year ago. The sheriff’s department took up much of the old, turn of the 20th century sheriff’s residence, which has since been torn down to create additional parking space on the west side. The new parking lot on the west also has a second function — it has a separate doorway connected to the jail. In the past, when prisoners were walked across the street to the courthouse, they had to be led out through the lobby and anyone who happened to be there at the time. The new exit allows prisoners to be led outside with greater privacy for both themselves and the public. With all the new construction, the actual square footage the two departments have to work with hasn’t changed much; it mostly just replaces square footage lost from tearing down the old sheriff’s residence. However, the new construction allows space to be used more efficiently, and with far more upgraded technology. With the police department moving into its new quarter earlier this month, the law enforcement center is at nearly full operation. Just a few more items remain to be moved in, along with the inevitable tweaking as the agencies settle in.