The heat was on police after the air conditioning unit at the SCMPD central office failed Thursday. Officers from the Central Precinct will be shuffled to other offices or working from their cars until the AC problem can be fixed-- which could take two weeks.
Clerical staff were sent home and detectives sent to other precincts Friday after temperatures reached the mid 90's inside the old building on Bull Street. "Basically, most of our work is done from vehicles, so service to the precinct will not be affected," Capt. DeVonn Adams said. "It will be an inconvenience to officers and office staff but we are working to minimize the effect on the public. But we could not jeopardize the health of the employees by remaining in the building."
According to the SCMPD, telephone calls to the precinct are being redirected to the office of Patrol North Major James Barnwell and the public is encouraged to call Emergency 911 with any immediate concerns. A sub-station recently opened in McAlpin Square shopping center will be pressed into expanded service beginning Monday and detectives and office staff will be working from that office or different precincts.
The Bull Street building is leased from Bull Street Baptist Church, which is working to correct the problem.