On Wednesday morning, elected officials and leaders from all over Central Florida came together near downtown Orlando to officially open the new Orlando Police Department headquarters. The new location will replace the old HQ located across the street from the Amway Center next to Interstate 4.
“We are very thankful and excited to be part of this historic ribbon cutting for our new Orlando Police headquarters.” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina “For over 43 years, the Orlando Police Department has been at it’s downtown location but it has outlived it’s purpose, the technology, access for disabled and the many amenities this building now offers to it’s residents.”
The new 96,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is located off of Orange Blossom Trail just minutes away from the old facility and will utilizing the latest technology to provide more ways for our officers to protect the community.
The building will also serve as a place to build relationships with the community including a 5,000 square foot community room for meetings and easier to navigate parking options and pedestrian access. There will also be a bronze memorial to remember fallen officers which was the product of a fundraising project by a local Eagle Scout.
The old facility will be torn down and replaced with a new multi-purpose entertainment complex for the Orlando Magic.
Local leaders on hand included Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the entire Orlando City Council, Ornange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, and County Property Appraiser Rick Singh.