FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rivers Ormon
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Contact: Captain Johnny Poulos
PEARL, MS – this morning, Governor Phil Bryant and other officials broke ground on a new headquarters building for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Rankin County. The facility will be constructed at the same location as the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory and the State Medical Examiner’s Office and will feature state-of-the-art building systems and “green” construction techniques in order to produce an energy efficient and economical facility.
Numerous problems with the building’s foundation and gas leaks have long plagued the current DPS Headquarters, which was completed in 1976.
Moving the headquarters building to Rankin County places it in closer proximity to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy, Troop C of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, Fleet Operations, Crime Stoppers, Criminal Information Center, Mississippi Forensics Laboratory and the State Medical Examiner’s Office, all of which are located in Rankin County.
Governor Phil Bryant stated, “I am proud of the work my administration has done for public safety and breaking ground on the future of this facility is the next step.”