New OPD headquarters to be 'state-of-the-art' building

At Orlando Police Headquarters, officers are planning to move from the building downtown to a future building in Parramore.

Chief John Mina said, "It's going to be great for the community and for the police department and there will be open space for the community, to be able to meet with us at the police department."
 
"The facility is going to be a three-story, state-of-the-art complex," said Robert High.   

High is building the $41 million facility, located at Orange Blossom Trail and South Street. He said it will be an energy efficient building.

"It's going to have lots of technology, LED lighting, a really innovative air conditioning system. We're going to compliment it with public art work on the outside. But above everything it's going to be safe for the officers inside."

Chief Mina hopes the future headquarters will also make Parramore a safer place to live.

"I think actually being inside the neighborhood, where people have easier access to the neighborhood, where I can go right out the back door and meet with neighbors and they can do the same with me ... I think it's a great way to kind of continue to build that trust with our community," Chief Mina said.
 
The 96,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2016.  Groundbreaking takes place on Thursday at 10:30 in the morning. The public is invited.

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