DURANT, OK - Bryan County residents will now get help faster in emergencies, thanks to the new law enforcement center dedicated today. Jalah Gray takes us inside, to show us how it will help authorities serve the public.
"Today is the day we've been looking forward to for the last 5 years."
After years of being way too cramped in their old location, Chief Durward Cook was proud to show the public the new facility on Carl Albert Drive.
"We just simply ran out of space in the old facility, and we had remodeled a time or two to try and make it work for us, but we were just busting at the seems." Cook said.
Chief Cook says because they'd outgrown their old facility, they were forced to move some investigator offices to other buildings.
The new location will solve that problem.
"This building allowed us to bring everything back together, our investigators are in the same building with our patrol and that improves our communication." said Cook.
"It's a new place, a better working environment if you will, it's going to be more efficient." said Mayor Jerry Tomlinson.
Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says the new center includes state of the art technology.
"It's very impressive, it looks like we could land the shuttle from here." Cook said.
This is what Chief Cook is talking about.
It's their new 911 communication center where they handle all emergency service calls for all of Bryan County.
"We have 12 dispatchers working out of our comm center, they answer 911 as well as direct and admin lines here." DC 7secs
"I'm really excited for my friends at the Durant Police Department, I get the privilege of working with them almost every day of the week, so I'm just so happy for them." said District Attorney Investigator, David Cathey.
The local Rising Star Masonic lodge also made a rare public appearance to perform a cornerstone leveling ceremony, and dozens of citizens showed up to tour the new facility.