BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Broken Arrow's Safety Complex – a 70,000 square foot facility set to house the city's police and fire departments – is about two months away from completion, officials said.
"This will quadruple our current size," said Major Mark Irwin with Broken Arrow Police Department.
Formerly an old army reserve center, the new $7.5 million building was paid for by a city bond issue. A conference room, three interview rooms for detectives, a media room and assembly hall for citizen and police meetings are among the upgrades to be included.
"We are expanding. We outgrew this building the day we moved in. We have about 130 officers now; there were 70 when I came in. This will helps us out dramatically.
The new location, near Lynn Lane and 71st Street, is ideal for the continually-growing city, Irwin said.
"It is right in the middle of Broken Arrow, which will improve our response times. A large portion of Broken Arrow is in Wagoner County, so this will just increase our service to our citizens."
Irwin says the facility is set to open in early December.