Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway talks about the last public tour of current building and future move.
Today was the last public open house at the Bellaire Police and Municipal Courts Building. More than 150 people toured the police station and courts building for the last time on Saturday.
“Turnout has been great.” Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway said.
Visitors saw the communications dispatch center which receives 35,000 to 45,000 calls a year, according to Lieutenant R. Brown, communications supervisor. Visitors also saw the courtroom. Court is in session Tuesdays and Wednesdays for municipal Class C violations such as running red lights, speeding, driving under the influence and shoplifting items below $50 in value.
Jail Operations Supervisor A. Carranza led the tour of the jail. Children especially enjoyed visiting the jail cells where some parents took photos of their children behind bars. Visitors also saw the fingerprint room, evidence storage area and where DUI suspects walk the line and alcohol tests are administered.
Chief Holloway said on July 5th, the police department of 39 sworn officers will move to a temporary location at Bellaire City Hall at 7008 S. Rice Avenue and operate from there Mondays through Fridays. After hours and on weekends, the police will be at the Bellaire Fire Department at 5101 Jessamine Street.
Demolition of the old building and construction of the new building is scheduled this summer. The new and larger Bellaire Police and Municipal Courts Building at 5110 Jessamine Street opens in the Fall of 2018.
The police station and courts building opened in April 1974. Before that, the police station was at 7900 S. Rice Avenue from the 1950’s to 1974.
The Bellaire Police Department serves a community of 15,000 residents, a population that swells to 35,000 during the daytime. Bellaire is located within Houston’s metropolitan area. The department celebrates its 100th anniversary next year.