ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - It's a stone's throw away from the old headquarters, but this new facility is leaps and bounds ahead.
"It's built for future growth, and the technology is second to none," said Police Chief Anthony Holloway.
The 170,000 square foot facility opened its doors Friday morning for a walking tour.
The new building features large, spacious conference rooms and personnel lockers with individual ventilation systems.
What's possibly the most impressive is the emergency communications center, where 80 employees work in shifts, 24 hours a day. It's where the 9-1-1 calls come in, and it also serves as a backup.
"In the event that the sheriff's office were to crash, whether it be a power outage or a storm, they will come to this location and their 9-1-1 center, and they will run out of those two rooms there," said Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev.
Mayor Rick Kriseman says the brand-new technology will set the department apart from others.
"It’s going to make it so much better for all of us that have to operate in those times where, you know, we’ve got to be on our toes and be on the top of our game," Kriseman said.
It's all to better serve the community, which the building will be home to as well.
"This is a place for the community to come so we can talk to them," Holloway said. "You know, most of the people who come in here are victims of a crime, or they have issues that they want to address. They can come into this building and we can talk about it."