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Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball stands in what will be his new office at the Town Hall. The town is expanding its Police Department.

Rob Earnshaw, The Times

WINFIELD — The town's police department has some new digs. 

Town Marshal Dan Ball in January moved into new offices at the town's meeting room in the government center at 10645 Randolph St. The meeting room was previously the Winfield branch of the Crown Point Library dating back to the 1990s. 

The move was necessary because Winfield's police force is growing. Last year, its force doubled after the hiring of a full-time deputy marshal. The town, which also utilizes several part-time officers, plans to hire a third full-time deputy this year. 

The marshal previously had a desk in the town offices on the north side of the government center, which is currently going through renovation. 

"We invite anyone in who wants to see us," Ball said. "This is the people's police department. We want to make sure everyone knows where we are at. If they ever need assistance or require our services, we are here."

The new offices are located on each side of a hallway leading to the new meeting room where Town Council sessions are held. They include a patrol room, evidence lockers and traffic control materials. As more officers are added more computers and desks will be coming in. 

There also is an area for evidence collection. 

"Thankfully in our community there is not a lot of need for that, so we don't need a huge place," Ball said. 

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.