EARLY, Texas - Early Police have a reason to celebrate as they recently moved to a new headquarters. They held an Open House Friday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the community to come see their new offices.
It's a $300,000 investment from the city that police say will enable to better operate and serve the community.
Early Chief of Police David Mercer said this upgrade was much overdue. He said he and his six officers would often trip or step over each other when they were at their former location, which was inside City Hall. Now they're in the adjacent building.
"We were in a 30 by 50 area and we upgraded to a space that's about 3,000 square feet," Chief Mercer said.
Chief Mercer said the new facility is bigger and more comfortable, and that allows all of the officers to do their job with a little more room to spare.
"It gives the officers room to do their reports. They can come in here and interview somebody without interrupting the other officers that are trying to do reports. It also has a good command presence. It's definitely something the people of the city of Early can be proud of."
Early City Manager Ken Thomas, who used to share the facility with Early Police, said he could see the need for more room. "We didn't have a place for their equipment, and we try to stay as up to date as possible with the technology but that was difficult because of the space."
The Early Police Department's new station used to be the fire station before that was relocated. The old offices now serve as a conference room and the mayor's office. Part of the construction was done by some inmates from Brownwood's Havins Unit.
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