ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is finally moving into a new headquarters building located at 1915 Olive Boulevard. The facility is top of the line, but the funding for it didn't come from taxpayers. It essentially came from the bad guys.
This new facility, which was purchased for 2.7 million dollars from Wells Fargo, then renovated to the tune of $10 million, was paid for, in large part, by seized funds, money taken from criminals they've locked up over the years.
The new facility replaces a building that cops have been in since prohibition was in place and Calvin Coolidge was president. The new facility is state of the art, from interview rooms, to Wi-Fi, to a modern, open floor plan. Most importantly, it contains the kind of basics that law enforcement in the 21st century requires. The interview rooms have the ability to be monitored from the detectives’ desks. There are new holding facilities and a new state of the are laboratory for latent fingerprint technicians.
Police officials marched from the old headquarters to the new building at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson will preside over an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting, followed by public tours until 1 p.m.