Murfreesboro police show off new headquarters

One of the new training rooms at the Murfreesboro Police Department headquarters. (WSMV)

If you’re driving down North Highland Avenue, you might notice a change in scenery.

The former Murfreesboro Medical Clinic location has been transformed into the new Murfreesboro Police headquarters.

The new building includes a state-of-the-art training facility.

“We acquired the Virta simulating trainer for the purpose of teaching our officers all levels of force usage,” said Murfreesboro Police Chief Michael Bowen. “It’s not just used for deadly force. We’re able to train on verbal commands, using O.C. spray, impact weapons, Tasers, things of that nature.

“It’s not just a single focus simulator. It allows us to change up scenarios based on officer inputs and the way they are handling certain types of situations, so it’s a game-changer for us for training.”

The new building has all of the latest technology, including advanced forensic labs, an emergency operations center, a state-of-the-art dispatch center, an indoor firing range, a full-training simulation and countless stations for officers to collaborate and work efficiently.

The biggest perk for the new headquarters may be having all the department’s employees working under the same roof. Previously the police department staffers were housed in five different buildings.

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