GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Georgetown is seeing a tremendous amount of growth. The US Census Bureau shows it has one of the fastest growing populations in the country; from 2010 to 2013, the city grew more than 15 percent from 47,000 to nearly 55,000 people. That’s the main reason why city officials felt the need for a bigger police station in Georgetown.
In 2011, voters said yes to the new and improved police headquarters under construction right now. As KXAN learned, that’s taxpayer money that will help put criminals behind bars faster. More than four times the size of the current police station, Georgetown’s new public safety facility is well underway.
Georgetown resident Shirley Davis voted yes to the new building on the 2011 ballot.
“We’re growing and we need it. We need all the improvements that go along with the beautiful square.” She says, “It makes me feel safer. It makes me feel like I can call and get a response quickly instead of waiting for the county.”
With a price tag of $26 million, the new facility will be 75,000 square feet. It will have an on-site training facility and an evidence room more than triple its size. And dispatchers will be working directly out the same building which police say will help decrease response times with everyone working under one roof.
“We get more timely notifications. We’re right here in the building,” explains Captain Roland Waits, “They can push the information out to all of us so we’re all on the same page in a short amount of time.”
The new building will have the resources to process evidence faster and is expected to be completed in January. It will also provide extra protection for the department in that it will be able to withstand an F-3 tornado. It has a backup generator and a basement underneath where people will be able to gather in case of a storm.