Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They clipped a yellow crime scene tape instead of a ribbon, Saturday, at a ceremony to open the new headquarters of the St. Louis Police Department.

The modern facility at 1915 Olive replaces the department’s 1920’s style building at 12th and Clark.

Deputy police chief Lawrence O’Toole says it’s a good time to move, “Thirty years ago, when I went there for the first time, the headquarters was old then. So, to go to this new place, we’re really moving up.”

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the new home was purchased for $2.7 million in criminal asset forfeitures.

Dotson says donations from the St. Louis Police Foundation ($3 million) and others helped renovate the former A.G. Edwards property, “None of it was paid for by general fund money. It was all because of donations. For example, Joe Buck donated 20 televisions to go in our workout room and conference rooms. The community support has been amazing. Those were things we didn’t have in our old building.”

The new headquarters will have some of the most modern technology for officers to fight crime. Chief Dotson says there’s also room to grow, “Part of a floor has been set aside for the future home of a law enforcement real-time intelligence center. It’ll be a place where we can take live date, live video, and actually police the city in a better way.”

Deputy chief O’Toole says it’s all about keeping up with the criminals, “The newer crime that’s coming forth is cyber crime, identity theft and such. There weren’t carjackings years ago. People stole horses. Crime changes as society changes.”

Dozens of officers and supporters marched from the police department’s old headquarters to the new location on Saturday morning for the opening ceremony.


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