It's been two years since the city of millbrook decided they needed more space to fit law enforcement and other city officials. And today, people celebrated the grand opening of the new police and municipal court complex.
It's an 18,000 sq. ft. building city leaders say is much larger than what they had before. They say now, both the police and municipal court departments can be housed comfortably.
With the snip of the scissors the cuty of Millbrook entered a new era for it's police force and court officers with the grand opening of it's new police department and municipal court complex.
It's a $3.6 million project that has been in the works for the last two years.
It took nearly a year to build the new facility. It's a change officials say is needed to replace this old building.
"The building's been there since the early sixties and had leaks in it. We had patched and patched and patched until we just couldn't afford to patch anymore," Said Millbrook Mayor, Al Kelley.
The 18,000 sq. ft. building includes an officer training area,multiple police offices and conference rooms as well as holding cells and a dispatch room for the police department.
The other half of the building consists of the municipal court complex, which includes a courtroom, attorney offices and meeting rooms.
"It was extremely cramped and of that 6,000 sq. ft., probably 1,500 was in the court room or the city council chambers. It was used very little except two nights a month," Said Millbrook Mayor, Al Kelley.
But Millbrook police chief, P.K. Johnson, says this building is now a thing of the past.
He says the facility is built to be a police department and it'll be easier to find for those searching for the building.
"Our people will now know where to go. There's no confusion, we have proper signage, muncipal court on one end of the building, police department on the other, public access, ease of access," Said Millbrook Police Chief, P.K. Johnson.
Both the police and the municipal court departments are all moved in. If the city decides to expand the building, Millbrook officials say they'll have plenty of room to do that.