MT. JULIET – Mt. Juliet police is now in its new home.
The Mt. Juliet Police Department finalized Tuesday afternoon the transfer of all operations to its new headquarters at 1019 Charlie Daniels Pkwy.
The department started moving into the new headquarters building two weeks ago, which was finalized by the move of the emergency communications center Tuesday. To ensure there was no interruption in emergency services, the ECC was moved in a delicate manner. The headquarters is now fully operational and open around the clock. Anyone needing police services will no longer have to visit the old location at City Hall.
“We are excited to be in our new home, which was renovated to better serve our community,” said police Chief James Hambrick. “Our new headquarters is something our community can truly be proud of.”
Renovations to the former Joy Church building allowed for additional offices, a larger evidence storage room, secure armory, additional interview rooms, locker room for officers, fitness room for police employees, larger courtroom, larger training room, better foot-traffic pattern, and updated security features.
“It is such a major change from where we were. In the history of our department, we never had our own place to call home,” said Capt. Michael Mullins. “We’ve endured a lot of long, hot days moving in, but everybody was grinning with excitement.”
The department still has much to unpack and organize, along with finishing the courtroom and minor touch-ups. However, the building is ready for use, and the remaining small tasks should be finished soon.
An open house is scheduled for July 18 with Coffee With a Cop beginning at 7 a.m. and ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Throughout the morning, the public will be able to tour the new headquarters.