FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis celebrated on Thursday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new three-story, 192,263-square-foot headquarters of the police department.
Chief Patrick Lynn expressed the anticipation of the city’s police officers to move out of the current 85,000-square-foot headquarters, which were constructed in the 1950s.
“It’s not just about having more space; it’s about ensuring public safety,” Trantalis emphasized.
The new headquarters, which is estimated to cost $100 million, will incorporate state-of-the-art technology. It will feature a 5,270-square-foot community center, a firearm training facility, an evidence warehouse, and a safer parking garage.
“We are extremely pleased with this long-awaited project,” Lynn remarked.
In 2019, the city’s voters approved a bond referendum to fund the cost of the new headquarters. The old building will be demolished, and the project is expected to be completed by 2025.