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Oklahoma City Police unveils new headquarters

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Out with the old, and in with the new.

After four decades, the Oklahoma City Police Department formally unveiled its new headquarters Monday.

The three story, 88,000 square-foot facility features state-of-the-art equipment and a streamlined design to make it more friendly to the public than the old headquarters building.

Police Chief Bill Citty, joined by City Manager Jim Couch and other city leaders, said a new building was one of his first suggestions when he took over 12 years ago.

"This is a dream come true for me, and I know for a lot of people in the police department, and really for the city of Oklahoma City", said Chief Citty.

KFOR got one of the first peeks inside the new facility.

Captain Paco Balderamma, who heads the office that handles the media, was eager to show us how the new building will make things easier, especially for the public.

"If they witness something or if they are involved in some kind of incident, you know, it doesn't have to be a suspect of a crime, but they need to come down here and talk to detectives. We just want to make it a more open and friendly environment."

The headquarters building comes complete with the latest technology. It's also designed to help officers and the public stay plugged in and have an easier time navigating hallways to find what they need.

The project was funded by the MAPS 3 project and the public safety sales tax.

The building will be fully operational by next Monday, Nov. 9.