Renovations for the brand new, state-of-the-art Mt. Juliet Police Department’s headquarters are expected to be completed soon.
The completion of the nearly $400,000, two-and-a-half month renovation signifies a new beginning for the growing department.
The new headquarters, which is located in the old Joy Church building on Charlie Daniels Parkway, is about three times larger than the space they occupied for years in City Hall which they shared.
The five-acre property, which cost the city $1.5 million, has plenty of upgrades including a larger training area, armory, evidence and dispatch room.
The renovation also includes a city courtroom that will serve as a multi-functional meeting room for the department.
“It’s really gone beyond what I expected,” said Chief James Hambrick.
The department made it a point to be “thrifty” with the big move. They saved tens of thousands of dollars, by buying used furniture.
“The state offers a surplus program for their furniture that is slightly used,” explained Lt. Tyler Chandler.
Many of the staffers, including Chief Hambrick, moved into to their new digs two weeks ago as crews work earnestly to complete the renovation project.
Chief Hambrick wants the public to know the new address will not affect response time.
“That’s what citizens really want to know and it’s not because officers work zones they’re still in those zones it’s not going to change the response time,” said Chief Hambrick.
The department will host a ribbon cutting and open house for the headquarters July 18 at 9 a.m.
Prior to the event, they will host their popular community outreach program called Coffee with a Cop from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.