An open house will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. at the police station. Free coffee and donuts will be served.
“I think this is something to help us bridge the gap between the police and community and help us all get to know each other,” Chief Nick Smith said.
The general public is invited to tour the facility, an old VFW building that was extensively renovated last year in order to house the police department as well as the Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee.
The previous police station was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Although the station has been operating out of the VFW for several months, Smith said many people are still confused about its location.
“A lot of people think we’re at City Hall,” Smith said.
Officers will also be on hand to introduce themselves to residents, address any concerns and discuss future plans for the police department.
Smith is also eager to recap the equipment that has been acquired under his leadership, including a fleet of Tahoes, new uniforms, two generators, tactical rams and a Hummer.
Some of the equipment was acquired at no cost through the 10-33 military surplus program. However, taxpayer dollars have funded some of the improvements.
“I think citizens need to see what we’re doing with their tax money because this is their police department,” Smith said.