Police officers and firefighters in Buffalo are now officially operating under the same roof, after months of renovations at the former Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse building downtown.
The now-former police headquarters on Franklin Street was decommissioned in a ceremony, and upon proceeding to Court Street, both police officers and firefighters entered their new home together. There, a commissioning ceremony was held inside the lobby of the new dual headquarters for both departments.
Now named the Dillion Public Safety Headquarters, agencies will be able to work alongside each other, more efficiently.
"In a time in which we look to our neighbors in Pittsburgh, in times where there are tragedies and calamities and even natural disasters and unforeseen events, it makes sense to have our first responders in one building where they can work together, collaborate together, but most importantly, protect and serve," said Common Council President Darius Pridgen, D-Buffalo.
The new headquarters houses a new evidence facility, training space, interview rooms and more.
The former police headquarters on Franklin Street will soon go on the market and according to Mayor Byron Brown, open even more opportunities for downtown investment.