SANTA FE — Police have begun moving into the city’s new justice center.
Construction work on the building wrapped up earlier this month, and, on Friday, crews began moving furniture into the new facility, City Manager Joe Dickson said.
The new justice center, 3650 FM 646 N., will house the Santa Fe Police Department and the city’s municipal court.
“It’s taking shape,” Dickson said. “I’m curious to see how many people will come to the old department Monday.”
The department will continue operating its phone line out of the old building at 4925 Main St. until Wednesday, Police Chief Kenneth Campbell said. Residents can still call the police department at 409-925-2000 and dial 911 in case of an emergency.
The department’s main phone number will remain the same after the agency transfers phone lines to the new facility starting on Tuesday, Campbell said.
Inmates in the city jail will remain at the original location until Wednesday, and some officers will remain at the site until later next week, he said.
Additional services will relocate to the new justice center throughout the week, with a tentative schedule calling for the city’s 911 phone system and computer system to make the transition Wednesday, Campbell said.
It will be a hectic week as the department makes the transition, and municipal court is unlikely to be held Monday, Dickson said.
Construction of the new facility began last year after voters approved a $3.55 million bond proposal. It marked the first time in the city’s history voters approved a bond debt, and was the fourth proposal for a new police department presented to Santa Fe residents.
The new 12,500-square-foot facility is almost twice the size of the building that has housed the police department since the 1950s.
It includes offices, holding cells, a briefing area, an emergency operations center and a multipurpose room that will hold municipal court once a week. The room will be used for officer training and as a forum for community events, Dickson said.