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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - A historic building in East St. Louis could have new life as a central area for law enforcement.

The Metro East Police District Commission passed a resolution on Friday asking Illinois state lawmakers and other officials to obtain funding to renovate the old East St. Louis police department. Commission members want to use the building as the main evidence storage site for four Metro East Police Departments: East St. Louis, Alorton, Washington Park and Brooklyn.

Commission members were shown slides of the current evidence areas at each department.  While some evidence is well-organized, other evidence areas are a mess and space is a serious problem.

"These departments are in desperate need of assistance. They`ve done what they can with the very little that they have. But, we need to do everything we can to assist them in finding some additional space for them." said State`s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

"If the sharing of services at one location gives greater capacity to all of the departments, I`m in favor of that. That capacity does not presently exist at my police department." said Chief of the Washington Park Police Department Aubrey Keller.

Kelly says the old East St. Louis police building could also be used for records storage and temporary holds for prisoners. Slides show the building is in disarray. Kelly thinks it will take at least $10 million dollars to rehab it.

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