The Monroe Police Department proudly announced the Grand Opening of the Bobby G. Kilgore Law Enforcement Center (LEC) with a public ceremony and reception on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
The new LEC is approximately 33,000 square feet and is located at 450 W. Crowell St. across from City Hall, and next to the new Philip E. Bazemore Active Adult Center.
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The two-story building represents a 7-year, multimillion dollar investment designed to centralize services and enhance community policing for the Monroe Police Department.
The building is outfitted with more office space, a secured communications/dispatch center, a specialized space for the Investigations division, a state-of-the-art security system, a physical fitness center for officers, a large conference room, and a large training/community room.
The new LEC is named after long-time former Mayor Bobby Kilgore who was a member of the police department for 30 years including eight years as Chief of Police. He also served on City Council as a Council Member from 1997-2005, then as Mayor from 2005-2021.
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“Bobby Kilgore has been a leader in the City of Monroe and has been instrumental in the progress the City has made over the last several decades. It’s fitting that the new police station be named after him,” said Mayor Marion Holloway.
“What we’ve tried to do with this building is look forward to the future while honoring the past. If it wasn’t for officers like Chief Bobby Kilgore, and the men and women who served with him, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today,” said Chief of Police J. Bryan Gilliard.
The Monroe Police Department is committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building strong community partnerships. Chief Gilliard calls the new facility a ‘community building’ that will enhance their mission of policing through community partnerships.
“Our residents are so proud and supportive of this incredible building. I want every resident to know that when they open the doors to our new home, it’s their new home too,” said J. Bryan Gilliard, Chief of Police.
The Grand Opening ceremony was followed by a reception and guided tours.