City Moves Forward on Two Police Precincts
SAVANNAH, GA (January 30, 2018)— Today the City of Savannah broke ground on the Savannah Police Department’s future Central Precinct and held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of an Eastside Precinct.
The future Central Precinct will be located on MLK Jr. Blvd. between W. 33rd and W. 34th streets. Dozens of city leaders, police officers and residents came to the site to celebrate the groundbreaking.
Construction of the Central Precinct is scheduled to begin immediately and is projected to be completed in about a year. The project is being paid for by voter-approved SPLOST 5 funds.
District One Alderman Van Johnson said “The Central Precinct is the most densely populated area in our entire city. More people will be touched by this precinct than anywhere else in our community. Our police officers deserve a wonderful, clean, state-of-the-art place to deploy their resources, do their work and we are so glad to finally be able to deliver that to them.”
The new precinct will provide a larger squad room for officers to meet to start each shift, more office space for detectives and supervisors, a community meeting room and much, much more.
District Two Alderman Bill Durrence said, “It’s great we are getting this new modern facility for the police department. This will be the first police precinct built by the City of Savannah, this is a real move forward.”
When completed, the 13,300 square foot precinct will replace the current Central Precinct which is located at 1512 Bull St. The City currently rents this space.
Police Chief Mark Revenew said, “The construction of the Central Precinct represents a commitment by City of Savannah leaders to make this community a brighter, safer place.”
The Central Precinct serves areas south of Anderson St., west of Waters Ave., north of DeRenne Ave. and east of the I-516 connector.
Following the groundbreaking, City leaders and neighborhood residents met at the new Eastside Precinct to celebrate the beginning of the re-commissioned Savannah Police Department which becomes official on February 1st.
The Eastside Precinct will serve areas south of Presidents Street, east of Waters Street, north of DeRenne Avenue and west of the City of Thunderbolt and unincorporated areas of Chatham County.
The official ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by the Mayor, several alderman and police commanders who applauded City staff for opening the precinct days ahead of the scheduled de-merger date.
District Three Alderman John Hall said he was happy to see so many neighborhoods represented at the event. "This is part of you, we are all in this together. Together, we are going to fight crime.”
After the ribbon cutting, the City unveiled a new police SUV with the new Savannah Police Department markings. The public was also invited to tour the facility which has been in use full time since the 2:30 p.m. officer shift change on Monday.
Other changes regarding the re-commissioning of the Savannah Police department will be moving the Downtown Precinct to 602 E. Lathrop Avenue along Bay Street, the former Great Dane building. The move is scheduled to take place later this spring. The Southside Precinct will remain at the Oglethorpe Mall.