ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Civic leaders from around North St. Louis County took part in a ground breaking ceremony for the new $5.5 million Berkeley Police Department facility.

Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins says the facility is being built with money from a 2013 bond issue. The town has also received a grant from a DEA Seizure program, which requires all of the money to be spent on police. That grant money was used on body cameras for all of Berkeley’s police officers.

“We thought it was important for not only the safety of our residents, but the safety of our police,” Hoskins says. “To bring us up to the 21st Century in our operation.”

Hoskins says the rest of the DEA program money was spent on new vest and computers.

The city also has a new fire department and received a grant from St. Louis County to contribute to a $400,000 renovation of the Berkeley Municipal Pool.

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