Monday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department unveiled its new East Bank Emergency Command Center on Metairie Road.
The building once served as the east bank’s lock-up center. The $2.6 million in renovations turned the building into the JPSO’s headquarters on the east bank of the river in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.
The building now has the ability to house 62 deputies. It also will serve as a back-up 911 center. Its new, 20 foot antenna tower will help maintain communication during a major storm.
“This is the type of facility that you construct but you hope you never have to use, but the reality is that we know with some of the predictions that we are supposed to have a very active season this year and unfortunately whatever challenges we have,” Sheriff Newell Normand said during Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.