Photos by Matt Masters
By MATT MASTERS
The City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Police Department gathered on Heritage Way on Wednesday to for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new police headquarters that is set to open in 2021.
The future building will be house the police department as well as training facilities, investigative labs, a dispatch center for fir end police services, a community room, municipal courtroom and indoor firing range among many other upgrades.
Mayor Rhea Little, City Manager Kirk Bednar and BPD Chief Jeff Hughes all addressed the crowd of nearly 100 community members and leaders from across Williamson County to celebrate the occasion under a white tent in the near 100 degree heat.
Chief Hughes acknowledged the significance of the date that marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and also recognized Brentwood resident Bill Aiken who he said has donated $100,000 to the project.
“I was presented earlier this morning with a check from Bill Aiken in the amount of $50,000,” Hughes said. “This is one of two $50,000 checks that Bill has committed to this project and that’s just one more example of 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.”
According to a news release provided by the city, the property was acquired by the City in the late 1990s as part of the development of the adjacent Heritage senior living facility.
The headquarters project is budgeted at $29 million and is the largest single capital project in the city’s history.
Vice Mayor Ken Travis said that the decision to fund the project was an easy one for the City Commission who recognized the need in the growing community.
“This was an easy decision because we needed to expand and this helps the citizens of Brentwood, it makes them safer and makes Brentwood an even better place to live,” Travis said.
“By being located in the geographic center of the city officers will have easier access to the major thoroughfares including I-65 which will improve our overall average response time in all areas of the city,” Hughes said. “This facility will offer space where officers can learn and train under one roof and better prepare themselves to serve the citizens of Brentwood.”
After the dirt had been ceremoniously shoveled, attendees gathered around cupcakes with BPD logos printed on the icing.
“I’m so happy to be able to work in a city like Brentwood where we have the relationships with the citizens of Brentwood and I think this turnout today is a testament to that,” Hughes said after the ceremony. “I would never try and promote a project that I didn’t feel was warranted or justified because it’s about the citizens of Brentwood and better serving them, and everyone from the beginning has recognized the need for this facility and the support has just been overwhelming.”
Video courtesy of the Brentwood Police Department
Brentwood Police new headquarters groundbreaking. Sept 11, 2019.
Posted by Brentwood Police Department on Wednesday, September 11, 2019