The city of Brentwood hosted a shovel and groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to celebrate the start of construction on the new $29 million police headquarters, located at 910 Heritage Way.
Many state, Williamson County and city officials were on hand to congratulate the city on tackling its largest capital project. Initial work on the project started in October of 2017, and funding will continue through fiscal year 2021.
“This new police station is going to be a great addition to an already wonderful city of Brentwood,” Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said. “It will be centrally located, which will provide many efficiencies for our citizens and our police department.”
The 56,000-square-foot headquarters includes secure entrances for officers coming to and from work, a classroom, crime lab, virtual training space, a community room and a firearms range which will be shared with other law enforcement partners.
Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes emphasized how the new police headquarters will help to improve response times due to the proximity of the facility to Interstate 65, as well as pointing out a community room that citizens are welcome to use.
“This facility will provide space where officers can learn and train under one roof and better prepare themselves to serve the citizens of Brentwood,” he said.
Hughes also announced a $100,000 donation by Brentwood resident Bill Aiken. While the generous donor was not able to attend due to health reasons, Hughes expressed his gratitude.
“This is one of two $50,000 checks that Bill Aiken has committed to this project, and that’s just one more example to the kind of citizens that we serve and the reasons that we enjoy and relish in the opportunity to work with the citizens of Brentwood,” he said.
The ceremony also recognized the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 through a moment of silence, prayer and a presentation of the colors by the Brentwood Honor Guard.
“We recognize this day as a day of remembrance to all who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001,” Hughes said. “Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice those first responders made on that tragic day.”
For more information on the police headquarters project, read the Herald’s previous story.