The City of Orlando is inviting the community to celebrate the grand opening next week of the new Orlando Police Department headquarters.

The 96,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is designed to build relationships between the department and the predominantly African-American community that live in the Parramore district. The headquarters is located in the heart of Parramore at 1250 West South Street, just east of Camping World Stadium.

The new headquarters includes multiple public spaces, including a larger lobby, an outdoor plaza and a 5,000 square-foot multi-purpose room dedicated for community events and meetings. A modern outdoor art sculpture greets visitors to the new police station.

The $44 million building will improve department operations by using the latest technology and providing new methods for officers to protect the community, said Cassandra Lafser, spokeswoman for the City of Orlando.

The Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22.

The public also is invited to get a first-hand look at the new headquarters at a Community Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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