Last decade, the Lubbock City Council approved a series of moves that would transform major parts of the city government.

The first was the purchase and complete renovation of the former Omni Tower, now renamed Citizens Tower. Citizens Tower is now not just Lubbock's City Hall, but the place most city employees now work out of.

The second was the creation of a new system of policing for the Lubbock Police Department. As part of the change in philosophy, three Lubbock Police Department substations were constructed (in the north, east and south), plus a new evidence warehouse will be built along with a new Lubbock Police Department headquarters.

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At Tuesday's Lubbock City Council meeting, the council approved the construction contract for the new police headquarters. The new LPD headquarters will be a 50,600-square foot building that's three stories in height and located at 1402 15th Street in downtown Lubbock.

Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell, who was appointed to the position in November 2019, tweeted his approval with the project on Tuesday afternoon, saying, "Great news! This evening the Lubbock City Council approved the construction contract for our new police headquarters building. I can't tank the Citizens of Lubbock enough for their continued support of its law enforcement officers."

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