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South Haven Sub Station

CASEY RIFFE | THE TIMES Porter County Jail inmate Chuck Romine works on framing in a more secure door for the new Porter County Sheriff's substation Monday in South Haven.

Police substation to open


Inmate labor readying office in South Haven Square

SOUTH HAVEN | Five years ago, Porter County Jail inmates like Charles Romine Jr. renovated the run-down South Haven Civil Defense building so the Porter County Sheriff's Department could have a South Haven substation.
But police said they were forced out of the building about six months ago when the township, which owns the building, started placing homeless families there.

The police, however, are bringing a substation back to South Haven thanks to inmate labor from Romine and what police call a generous lease offer from the management of South Haven Square on U.S. 6.
The police have agreed to a $150 a month lease on an 800-square-foot office on the east end of the shopping complex. Romine, who works construction when he's not behind bars, is readying the space. Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy David Lain said the substation is expected to be finished and open within two weeks. He said a sign will be placed out front to mark the location.
Lain said it is important to have a South Haven substation so officers can stay in the community to patrol and conduct business, rather than driving back and forth to the main headquarters in Valparaiso. The office, which will have computers, telephones and a fax machine, can be used to conduct interviews or to meet parents whose juvenile children have been arrested.
Returning to South Haven was "something we intended on doing all along," Lain said.
After police left their old substation, they received offers to relocate inside the South Haven fire station, at a Portage business and even inside a South Haven resident's home. Lain said the South Haven Square site was a good location and wouldn't displace any firefighters.

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