Wednesday, June 20, 2012 By Department of Public Safety Community Relations
Groundbreaking for New DPS North Training Facility
Southlake’s Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of our new Southlake Department of Public Safety North Training Facility. The event will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at White Chapel Boulevard and Dove Road.
The new DPS facility will be nearly 37,000 square feet and will have an indoor firing range; police reporting stations and a ladder company with four firefighters on each shift to cover the North end of Southlake. “The new facility will greatly enhance the response times for Police and Fire Services for the residents in the northern part of the City,” said DPS Director Jim Blagg.
The facility will have a fully staffed fire truck company including firefighters trained in Advanced Life Support which will allow for a faster medical response for the residents in that part of the City.“This facility helps the City keep a promise of enhanced safety and security for our residents,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “The vision of the City Council and the Crime Control Prevention District Board will be realized in about 14 months when construction is complete.”
The DPS North Training facility will also be available for use by other local Police and Fire Departments. This will allow for multi-agency training at the indoor gun range. The plans for the new DPS North Training Facility have been years in the making. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the DPS North project in January of 2010 and it was then approved by Southlake Councilmembers in June of 2010.
The DPS North Training Facility will take approximately fourteen months to complete.