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Posted: Tuesday, Nov 20th, 2012

Jill Fier/Register

The Brookings Police Department unveiled its new sculpture, “The Guardian,” at the Monday night dedication of its newly remodeled and expanded Public Safety Center, at the former Brookings City Hall. Shown outside the new center as members of the public tour inside, the one-of-a-kind statue pays tribute to the department's long history of support for Special Olympics.

/ Brookings Planning and Zoning Administrator Dan Hanson, BPD Lt. Joey Collins and others tour what used to be engineering and zoning office space at city hall. It has now become offices for BPD lieutenants. Hundreds of area residents turned out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a reception and tours of the newly renovated facility. The three-phase, $454,000 overhaul of the building makes room for the department’s 43 officers and staff, who were previously cramped into a space meant for a force half that size.

/ BPD officers greet visitors in the former city council chambers for a reception. Find more photos of Monday’s ceremony and tour on the Register’s Facebook page.

Police Chief Jeff Miller thanked numerous individuals for their support of the project, including the Brookings City Council, the Brookings Police Foundation and Special Olympics supporters. City Manager Jeff Weldon noted that the city will finally be able to meets the needs of a growing community and police department. The structure, with the original structure built in 1964, has had a long and useful life for the city and will continue to do so long into the future, Weldon added.

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