Detroit Mayor Dave Bing cut the ribbon today to officially open a $60 millon, state-of-the-art Public Safety Headquarters that will be the new home of Detroit’s Police and Fire departments. Mayor Bing was joined by Chief of Police Chester L. Logan, Fire Commissioner Donald Austin and other public officials and dignitaries at a ceremony held in downtown Detroit.
“The opening of this state-of-the-art Public Safety Headquarters is a defining moment for Detroit’s transformation,” Mayor Bing said. “Previous administrations talked about constructing a new headquarters, but we have succeeded in building a facility that will enable our police, fire, EMS and IT departments to operate more efficiently and better serve our citizens. The consolidated operations will save the City more than $2.7 million a year.”
In addition to Police and Fire, the Public Safety Headquarters will house the City’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and its Information Technology Systems Department, as well as the Detroit Building Authority. In addition, the State of Michigan plans to open a new Metropolitan Detroit Forensic Science Laboratory in the building in 2014.
City of Detroit occupants will complete their move by July 15th when normal business operations will begin. Citizens should continue to contact their local police precinct or fire station for most public safety services and 911 should be called for emergencies.
Today’s ribbon-cutting also included the unveiling of six new police patrol cars, the first of 100 patrol cars to be delivered this year. Mayor Bing announced in March that Detroit’s corporate community would acquire the new police vehicles and 23 new EMS ambulances with an $8 million contribution to his Active and Safe Campaign for improved public safety and recreation facilities.