ST. JOSEPH - St. Joseph is looking to possibly update its city government building.

The primary focus is on the Police Department, which operates from the building. A recent community task force study recommended the city update the building to give the department more space.

St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein says the department needs an interview room that has audio and visual recording, more room for evidence and office upgrades. A garage was also discussed for police vehicle use.

City Administrator Judy Weyrens says an early estimated cost for short term updates to the building would be about $449,000-$500,000.

During the city council meeting on Wednesday night, Mayor Rick Schultz said improving the Police Department space is his top priority.

"Talking to council members and the community, they still think that's the number one priority-and if you took a tour of the facility you'd realize it's not even close to what a functioning police facility needs."

The city will now reach out to HMA Architects to discuss the possibility of updating the building in phases.