Construction Begins On New Police Headquarters In Downtown OKC
Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City officials broke ground on a new police headquarters building Tuesday afternoon.
Official broke ground on a $25.2 million, 88,625 square-foot headquarters. The three-story building will be built at 700 Colcord, just one block south of the current headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City.
Funded by a 2007 General Obligation Bond Issue and MAPS 3 Use Tax, the construction is expected to complete in 2015.
"The new Police Headquarters building is breaking ground this month thanks to the support of Oklahoma City's political leaders and citizens," said Chief Bill Citty. "Culmination of the 18 month project will provide a facility that will allow for future growth, enhance enforcement capabilities and allow better access to services we provide our citizens."
Officials will continue to work out of the current headquarters until the new building is finished. The new structure will house the administration and investigations functions of the department. Then the current structure will be cleared for a new parking lot.
In addition to the new headquarters, a 65,000-square-foot building for the Oklahoma City Municipal Courts is being designed for phase two of the construction.
"The City Council and I have a longstanding and ongoing commitment to public safety," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. "Whether it's this state-of-the-art police headquarters funded through the 2007 bond issue, or police car and helicopter replacement funded by MAPS 3 Use Tax, or adding 70 officers in the past two years, we all share the belief that public safety is a top priority in Oklahoma City and we thank the men and women of the Police Department for their outstanding service."