Tupelo residents tour new police headquarters

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The new Tupelo Police Department headquarters got high marks from the public which was allowed to tour the building Monday afternoon, the Daily Journal reported.

“This is a world-class facility, befitting the men and women of this department,” Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said. His praise was echoed by other former members of city government.

Following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the police department’s administrative staff took small groups on tours of the new building, including areas that the public normally would not get to see, the newspaper said.

The two-story building at the corner of Front and Franklin streets in downtown Tupelo cost $10 million and took more than two decades, two rounds of bond money, plus land and cash forfeited in a government sting operation to come to fruition, the Journal said.

Officials broke ground on the new building in April 2015. After several months of delays, officers began moving into the new building in December 2016.