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Polk Co. Sheriff's Office opens new offices



LIVINGSTON — Effectively immediately, visitors to the Polk County Sheriff's Office are asked to use the new entrance to conduct business not directly related to inmate visitation or posting bail, Chief Deputy Byron Lyons announced Monday. Temporary signs directing traffic to the new entrance were being placed Monday afternoon. Anyone who needs to speak to an officer, file a report or discuss patrol-related items or ongoing investigations, should come to the new entrance, according to Lyons. Visitors can enter the sheriff's department from North Washington Street by using the new driveway at the south end of the sheriff's department complex or the old driveway and cross the parking lot to the new entrance on the south side of the building. Communications technicians were completing work to move the 911 computer system to the new dispatch center Monday afternoon. “We have a 911 operator on standby at Lufkin should any problems develop related to the equipment move,” Lyons said. “Any call that we can't pick up immediately will roll over to Lufkin so we don't lose any calls.” Officials expect to move the jail after inspectors from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards visit the new facility in mid April. The existing jail entrance will likely remain in use until late May, Lyons said.


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