SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department is celebrating the completion of its new central precinct building which was funded mainly by your tax dollars.
The police department, along with the city, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.
The $8 million building sits near 34th Street in between Montgomery and MLK.
This is the first time the city has built a police-related building since the 1800s.
The new 13,000 square foot facility includes an expanded patrol briefing area, locker rooms, a report writing room, and many other features. This new building includes a community room as well.
The police department plans to open it up to those living in this area.
They hope it will be a place where the police officers can build stronger relationships with community members.
"We always believe in building partnerships with the community. I believe this will further that and help our mission with bridging the gap and building even stronger partnerships with the community,” Capt. Tonya Reid said.
During Tuesday's ceremony, Chief Roy Minter announced that two of the rooms inside were named in honor of two fallen officers who were assigned to the central precinct.
The briefing room is named after Sgt. Kelvin Ansari who was shot and killed earlier this year while working an investigation.
The community room is named after Officer Anthony Christie who died while assisting with an accident on I-16 last year.