GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - After eight years without a permanent building for their police department, Georgetown officials are finally breaking ground on a new facility.
Nearly a decade ago, the former Georgetown Police Department was found to have lead and asbestos inside the building, so officers were forced to move into a "temporary" location for eight years.
Now after a year and a half in the making, Georgetown city officials are breaking ground on a new police department that will be more centrally located, house more than just police services and allow officers to better assist the community.
"It's not just police. Social services, some of our child care, court designated programs will be in the building. We have a community room," explains Chief Michael Bosse, Georgetown Police Department. "It's mostly about citizen victims. Those early moments of being a victim are critical to how that person recovers. Those buildings that we're in right now are not designed for that. This building is specifically designed to provide privacy to the victims of crimes, so we can do our job."
Officials say construction of the building will take about a year before they can move in.
The new police department will be located not far from Main Street. It'll be at the corner of Chambers Avenue and Bourbon Street.