Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando Police Chief John Mina, along with the City Council, and other municipal leaders, were on hand this morning for the groundbreaking of the new Orlando Police Headquarters.
“We are very thankful and grateful for this groundbreaking ceremony here today.” said Mina “It is our hope that this new facility will help us better engage with our community, and build even stronger relationships with our residents. I look forward to walking out the backdoor and meeting with our residents and hope they do the same.”
The new state of the art facility will be a three-story 96,000 square feet structure, LEED certified building, that will be energy-efficient in almost every aspect of operation. The new home for Orlando’s 365 full time police officers is expected to open in the fall of 2016.
The current headquarters, the 40 year old building across the street from the Amway Center, will be torn down to make way for the new Orlando Magic Entertainment Complex, that will feature new lodging, dining, entertainment, and event hosting options for downtown’s entertainment corridor.
“As Mayor my top priority has been the safety of our community” Dyer said “Crime has gone down six of the last seven years, that’s a 20% decrease since 2007. This new headquarters will not only help further our crime prevention efforts, but will also enhance our community policing efforts and partnership with our resident.”