STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – After months of renovations, Monroe County detectives finally moved in to their new home at 701 Main Street in Stroudsburg.
Detective Brian Webbe is hard at work inside his new office.
“This new facility is magnitudes better than our old offices,” he says.
Since Webbe focuses on internet crimes against children, he oftentimes views sensitive and graphic content. Here, he has more privacy to do that.
He recalls, “at our old office, anytime someone would walk up the stairs or would come by my desk, I would have to stop what I was doing and make sure my screens weren’t visible.”
The first floor of 701 Main Street features two interview rooms, a conference room, a holding cell and office space for the ten detectives.
“They have every resource they need to both assist local police as they do with their special training, the Pennsylvania State Police, and also to do their own investigations,” explains District Attorney David Christine.
The new location has security features like bulletproof glass, and you’ll have to get buzzed in at the door.
Originally, the detectives unit started with three employees inside the Monroe County Courthouse.
“When we started adding people, their desks ended up in the hallway,” says Chief Detective Eric Kerchner.
Eventually, they moved across the street to a two-story building built in 1847. But, that space became cramped too.
Kerchner adds, “and eventually we had ten people in a space that five people would have crowded.”
They hope the third time’s the charm.
Their former building in Courthouse Square will remain partially occupied until prosecutors move to the second floor of 701 Main Street. That will likely happen by the end of this year, once renovations are complete.