BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Blacksburg Police Department cut the ribbon Wednesday on its new $16 million state-of-the art police station.

According to the department, the old 14,000-square-foot facility at 200 Clay Street SW was built in 1982 to accommodate 25 officers and staff.

However, not only has the department more than tripled in size over the past 40 years, but there were also no cost-effective options for adding on to the old building.

As a result, Blacksburg Police got a new station — a facility offering 37,000 square-feet for police operations — at 200 East Clay Street.

Former Blacksburg Police Chief William H. Brown — after whom the new building is named — says this will bring cops and community members even closer.

“Building a bridge between the police and the community,” said Brown. “We find this community room to be that space…Years ago, I would see some people downtown, I said, ‘why don’t you stop by the office and have a cup of coffee?'”

That community room can seat up to 100 guests for meetings and various public uses.

The new police station also has a first-of-its-kind training facility named after Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson, who is retiring next month after 25 years with the department.