NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County authorities cut the ribbon on its new Law Enforcement Center Friday morning.
"We are very pleased to be moving into the new Charleston County Law Enforcement Center," Sheriff Al Cannon said. "The facility will help streamline communication and coordination across several units within the Sheriff's Office. In addition, the space will allow us to grow and adapt to the future public safety needs of Charleston County."
The sheriff says the location of the new facility is very important. He noted it is near I-526 and I-526 and right down the road from the county detention center.
The 110,000 square-foot facility, located at 3691 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston, will consolidate several public safety services in a centralized location, according to county spokesman Shawn Smetana.
The new law enforcement center will have separate entrances for the general public, crime victims, suspects and convicted sex offenders who are required by law to register with the sheriff's office.
"Charleston County has made public safety a top priority and this new facility is proof of that initiative," Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor, Sr. said. "We live in one of the fastest growing areas in the country and the need for law enforcement is growing as well."
The project included a new building and a renovation of the existing building. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office will be headquartered in the new building and field operations will work out of the renovated space.
Construction on the $9.2 million complex began in May 2013.