WASHINGTON, NC (WNCT) – At the corner of West Second Street and Bridge Street in Washington is the site of the future home of the city’s new police department.
On Saturday, the Washington community came together to celebrate at a groundbreaking ceremony. Although the land is now empty, it will soon house a state-of-the-art facility that has been needed since Hurricane Florence.
In 2018, Hurricane Florence caused flood damage to what was the Washington Police Department. Since then, the police have been renting space on John Small Avenue.
“For the past four years, we’ve rented this building, and in fact…we’re renting a building that has a for sale sign in front of it,” Washington Mayr Donald Sadler said. “And citizens were like, you know, when are we going to build a new police department?
“You know, what’s going on? What is the delay, but of course we have worked on the process. The community is therefore very excited. So it means a lot to have a police department and the nice facility to call our own home.
The new 17,000 square foot facility will include an officer training room, improved parking, a license plate agency and a community hall to host events.
“I knew the importance of a good law enforcement center. It’s good for morals, the staff and it’s good for the morale of the city,” said Stanley Friedman, who lives in Washington.
Groundbreaking ceremony officials said the event kicked off the start of growth.
“It will refer us to the possibility of bringing the community in and using our meeting/training room in which they can book this building and be part of the police department,” said Stacy Drakeford, director of police and services. City of Washington Fire.
“And even though people call it the police department, it’s actually the city building, the citizens building,”
Officials said the building will allow law enforcement to better serve their citizens and community.