The official public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the J.Carrol Busbee Public Safety Headquarters named after former Chief J. Carrol Busbee will be on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 2 pm. “I so wish that Chief Busbee could have seen the completed project. I know he would have been so proud of the department that he led for so many years,” expressed Chief Charles Barranco.

The recently built City of Aiken Public Safety Headquarters has been fully operational since Feb. 27. This state of the art facility is 46,000 square feet, including the City Police HQ, City Fire Department HQ, Courtroom and offices, emergency operations center/training facility and 911/Dispatch operations center. This facility is a combination of re-purposing and renovating an old grocery store location along with several new building additions.

The growth of the Public Safety Department drove the vision and implementation of this new facility. The new building will accommodate needs such as Public Safety parking, building security, public meeting space, increased parking for the public during court, cutting edge Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and a state of the art emergency operations area.

City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh states “The new J. Carrol Busbee Headquarters building meets the needs of the City of Aiken’s Public Safety Department for the next generation of officers and staff and we are proud of this new facility and know it will be an asset to our City
and community for years to come.”