TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After years of planning and building renovations, the Terre Haute Police Department cut the ribbon on their new 45,000 sq. foot headquarters located on south 7th street.
It took $11 million to buy the building and make the proper renovations needed to help the new headquarters be a distinguished as possible.
Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen says this new facility is exactly what the department needs.
“Been a need for a long time, to have a building that was actually built and designed and renovated to actually be a police department. We’ve been in all sorts of different buildings,” Chief Keen explained. “I’ve been in three so we’ve been in three so we’ve been in a lot of buildings that were not designed or consistent with modern day policing.”
Community leaders say it was important to get input from police officers in what they wanted in the new headquarters.
“Shawn the chief, really did a good job of interviewing each department,” Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said. “Finding out what they really needed to make their job more efficient. They really tried to put technology in or putting things close together. Providing a lot of amenities that’s going to make their job more efficient.”
Local state leaders were in attendance for the ceremony but there was a special group of people Chief keen made sure to invite.
“Also invited retirees and I had about 60 of them over the last three days that came in,” Chief Keen said. “Some of the actual widows of retirees that have passed. I didn’t want to forget them in this process and that’s what you saw in here. A lot of our retirees on the wall doing police work.”
Mayor Bennett says this project is one of the most exciting things the city has accomplished during his time in office.
“We saved money and gained more space so just the general feedback is, what a perfect idea to utilize this building in this location for what we need to do in the coming years for the Terre Haute Police Department,” Mayor Bennett said.
The headquarters will also have a memorial set up in front of the building honoring fallen brothers and sisters of the Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff’s office and Terre Haute Fire department.
The first full day of operations for the new headquarters will be on October 18th.