LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Region 5 DPS Headquarters hasn't had a celebration like this since 1973. That's the last time they received a new building.
Hundreds were there for the ribbon cutting that officially opened the doors to the brand new, state of the art facility, including State Representatives Charles Perry and John Frullo and State Senator Robert Duncan.
The building features an 18,500 square foot crime lab that is more than four times the size of the old one.
This new crime lab will feature drug/blood alcohol analysis and DNA testing and search rooms for isolating evidence in DNA and trace evidence cases.
In total, the building is approximately 105,000 square feet and accommodates 150 employees.
Sergeant Bryan Witt with DPS says this new building is long overdue.
"At this day and age with the ever-changing criminal element, this facility helps us to further be proactive...in the fight against crime in the state of Texas." Witt says.
Senator Robert Duncan says that the new headquarters will allow Troopers to better serve the 71 counties of region 5.
"For nearly 80 years, the Department of Public Safety has been dedicated to safeguarding and serving our citizens," Duncan said. "With the opening of this much-needed and expanded office, including a crime lab and driver license office, the Texas Legislature was able to help DPS improve the level of service and protection Texans expect."
The Region 5 Headquarters is located at 1404 Lubbock Business Park Blvd., Lubbock, TX 79403. For more information about the driver license services or to get "in line" online before visiting this office, visit http://dps.texas.gov/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/searchresults.asp.