Marion County Jail
In the next phase of Penny Sales Tax funding, the Marion County Sheriff's Office plans to make wide-ranging improvements to the county jail.
These include a new perimeter security fence; updated plumbing and sewer systems; air conditioning system upgrades; emergency power upgrades; new stucco, paint and window seals; efficient LED lighting; electronic cell door controls; updates to kitchen and medical facilities; boiler replacements and more.
The Sheriff's Office plans to continue its vehicle replacement plan for its fleet. This primarily includes patrol vehicles, which will continue to be updated to all-wheel-drive capable SUVs for easier access to remote parts of Marion County.
It also includes vehicles for evidence technicians, civil process staff and others that have not been updated since FY07-08,
MCSO plans to acquire or refurbish 188 new patrol vehicles and 50 other vehicles for staff, inmate transport and emergency management use.
MCSO is constructing a new, hardened evidence building to store all criminal evidence as well as to provide office space for evidence employees.
MCSO is also moving its DNA and forensics lab into the same structure so that all evidence functions are housed in the same structure.
MSCO will also build a new hangar and special operations building, as well as a new gun range and driving pad for officer training.
Construction on the new evidence facility as well as demolishing and repaving the site of the old building began FY19-20. Training facilities are scheduled to be built in FY20-22. The hangar / special ops building will begin construction in FY21-22.
Mobile Command Unit
The new Mobile Command Unit will replace the existing vehicle which is nearly 20 years old.
It is used as a mobile command base for situations including major incidents, missing person searches, extended SWAT callouts and natural disasters.
This unit will be acquired in FY21/22,
Information Technology infrastructure
This includes upgrades to MCSO fiber optics and network infrastructure, including servers, switches and a new phone system for the main operations center, district offices and county jail.
Network upgrades will allow deputies to more easily use their body-worn and in-vehicle cameras by increasing upload / download speeds for video data.
Upgrades will also help with data backup, email, storage, jail surveillance systems and more.
Several improvements have already been completed; upgrades will continue through FY2023/24.