Due to the city’s fast growth, the Cedar Park Police Department personnel has grown by almost 92 percent since 2003. In that year, the need for a larger space became greater and the department moved its headquarters to 911 Quest Pkwy. Since then, the department has only continued to grow, unveiling a facility expansion on Oct. 26 with renovations and a 12,200-square-foot, one-story addition.
Chief Sean Mannix said that the expansion will help the police department work at peak efficiency for its citizens.
“The expansion of the police department will give us the ability to keep up with, and expand, top level law enforcement services to the city, its residents and visitors,” he said. “It will give us the space needed to provide exceptional service within a professional, safe and size appropriate atmosphere...The police department will continue to grow based on the needs of the community, through workload analysis, programmatic evaluations and strategic planning to maintain an environment where people are safe and feel safe.
The project cost a total of over $4 billion and includes space for offices, training rooms and storage facilities. Voter-approved bonds from 2007 and 2015 made the project feasible and construction began in November 2017.
The expansion will provide relief to the workforce from an overcrowded work environment, that was designed to meet the needs of a much smaller organization, while providing room to grow the workforce to accommodate the needs of a growing city.
At the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mannix said that the building acts as a bridge between the community and its police force.
“I can’t emphasize enough to the members of the community that this is your building,” Mannix said. “We are a community policing department. We work in partnership with the community, so please feel free to come see us.”
This expansion is not the first. Last year, Fire Station Number 5 opened last October at 1501 Cottonwood Creek Trail. It houses the Cedar Park Fire Department as well as the Williamson County EMS.