LUMBERTON — The public is invited on Sunday to view the product of two years of construction at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lumberton Police Department on Godwin Avenue.
Lumberton Mayor Raymond Pennington, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and members of the City Council will dedicate the 17,000-square-foot space at 3 p.m. Following the ceremoney, there will be an open house from 3 to 5 p.m.
The building sits on the site of the former police headquarters, which opened in 1963 and was demolished in February 2012.
“I am completely excited about this thing,” said Police Chief Michael McNeill, “it’s bigger, it’s state of the art.”
Brandon Love, director of the city’s Planning Department, said it’s alsoenergy efficient.
The building features motion sensors so the lights will turn off when no one is in the room and has insulation and bulletproof windows that efficiently mantain the temperature. The brick used for the building, which was designed by the Becker Morgan Group, was sourced locally, Love said.
A plaque will be dedicated on Sunday recognizing both the current City Council as well as its members in 2009 when plans for the department were first set in motion.
McNeill said employees will begin to move their stuff from the department’s current location by City Hall early next week. That building will continue to be used by the city.
“It’s just giving the community and the police officers what they’ve deserved for a long time …,” McNeill said.
The Police Department is made up of 98 full- and part-time officers, including two K9 officers, and 11 administrative employees.