Brentwood celebrates opening of new police HQ

Brentwood city officials celebrate the grand opening of the police headquarters April 29. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
Brentwood city officials celebrate the grand opening of the police headquarters April 29. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)

Brentwood city officials celebrate the grand opening of the police headquarters April 29. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)

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Mayor Rhea Little spoke during the event about the years of planning for the new headquarters. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
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Chief Jeff Hughes said he invites the community to come visit the building to see it firsthand. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
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Construction on the building began in 2017. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
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The building features interview and conference spaces. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
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The two-story building is located on Heritage Way news the Williamson County Indoor Sports Complex. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
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The new facility features an indoor firing range. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
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The headquarters also features a simulation room where officers can train in real time. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
The Brentwood Police Department will soon move in to its new headquarters on Heritage Way.

Officials with the city hosted a grand opening celebration April 29 for the $29 million, 56,000-square-foot facility that will allow the department to move from its offices at City Hall into its own building.

Construction on the facility began in fall 2019 and wrapped up this spring. The facility features administrative space, training rooms, a municipal courtroom as well as room for the community to visit an interact with officers.

“This building belongs to the citizens of Brentwood,” Police Chief Jeff Hughes said in a release. “Law enforcement exists to serve its citizens. Our success depends on citizen and business relationships, and this facility will foster an environment that will continue to build and strengthen those relationships.”

Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said the new building has been in the works for the past several years. The city first purchased the land in 1999 and approved the project to build a new headquarters in 2017. The new location allows the department to be in the geographical center of the city, allows for better access to both sides of the city as well as quick access to I-65.

“This new building has been planned and worked on for quite some time," Little said. "This new facility is right in the heart of Brentwood and central to many residents. This is a day of celebration for the entire community.”

The new facility also features a virtual simulation room that will allow officers to practice judgement and de-escalation techniques in real time as well as a firing range for further training, according to the city.

Additionally, outside the building are two walls featuring the names of retired officers who served with the city for at least 20 years and the names of fallen officers. To date, only one name is included on the memorial wall—Destin Legieza, who was killed in a drunk driving accident while on duty in June 2020.

The department is expected to move into its new building by June 1. An ambulance bay that will be staffed by Williamson County first responders is expected to be up and running by the end of the year. Williamson County contributed $1.2 million toward the project.

“Public safety is one of the most important aspects of a community," County Mayor Rogers Anderson said in a release. "Facilities such as this provide law enforcement and public safety personnel the opportunity to train with state-of-the art equipment to be the most prepared and respond to our community when they are most needed.”
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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