Prince George's County breaks ground on new emergency super-complex

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - Prince George's County officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the county's forthcoming new Public Safety Complex in Landover Tuesday.

The new 46,000-square-foot facility will bring together the headquarters of several county departments such as Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Emergency Operations and Public Safety Investigations, as well as house a 911 backup center.

County Executive Rushern Baker said it's all about saving lives and keeping their residents safe.

"Prince George's County faces various emergencies and disasters every year and it is imperative that we provide our emergency management team with the advanced technology and facilities they need to do their jobs, he said. "This new facility will help us save lives and build on our successful record of responding and supporting residents during emergencies. We are committed to ensuring that people are safe and this new complex is another step forward for emergency operations in Prince George's County."

The new Public Safety Complex, to be located at{ } 7911 Anchor Street, is scheduled to open in the late winter or early spring of 2015 and includes razing the 44-year old schoolhouse property, which previously served as the primary 911 dispatch center for the county's public safety agencies.

"This will be the first time a Prince George's County Emergency Command Center has been designed and built specifically for Emergency Operations Services," Baker added.

Baker appeared at the groundbreaking event Tuesday morning, along with County Councilmembers Mel Franklin (D- District 9) and Andrea Harrison (D-District 5).