BRPD Chief excited about possibility of new police headquarters

Old location of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge
Old location of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor-President Kip Holden and Woman's Hospital officials have signed a non-binding letter of intent to transform the old Woman's Hospital facility into a public safety complex for Baton Rouge police and possibly the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office.

BRPD Chief DeWayne White says it's a win-win situation.

"We're excited. We're excited about the possibility of being located in the heart of Baton Rouge," Chief White said. "We're excited about hoping to come together and have that collective partnership with the Sheriff's office."

The city-parish would pay $10 million for the complex and have to spend additional money to have the space converted.

The EBR Sheriff's office is in on the deal. The deal is in very early stages and would have to be approved by the EBR Metro Council.

That process will go well into the first part of next year as the public will also have a chance to weigh in sometime after the first of next year.

BRPD Chief White says the current headquarters is old and out dated and in serious need of costly repairs.

He hopes that a newer headquarters would help them with the business of running a successful police department.

"When you have a happy employee, you have a productive employee," White said. "As moral goes up, productivity goes up."

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