Holly Springs Law Enforcement Center

The Holly Springs Police Department recently moved into a new law enforcement center that replaces the small, century-old building next to Town Hall that has been police headquarters for a decade.

The new law enforcement center is located at 750 Holly Springs Road, near the corner of Holly Springs and Bass Lake roads, and virtually across the road from Fire Station 1.

At more than 28,000 square feet, the new law enforcement center is several times larger than the existing police station.

Law Enforcement Center
Click here to see a rendering.

The new station is needed not simply for additional room, but for space that is designed for the specialized needs of law enforcement. Examples include:
  • Interview rooms
  • Training rooms for firearms simulation and defensive tactics
  • Fitness room
  • Holding area for animals awaiting transport to the animal shelter
  • Enclosure in which K-9s can move about while their handlers are at the center
  • Secure evidence storage area
  • A larger 911 communications center for police, fire and emergency medical services to meet future needs
  • Conference room (for public meetings, Emergency Operations Center)
Law Enforcement Center construction and associated improvements to Holly Springs Road are estimated to cost $8.3 million. Town street reserves will cover the roadway improvements portion. Telecommunications equipment for the 911 center is estimated at $850,000 and will be funded with Town 911 reserves and annual 911 revenues.

Holly Springs is one of only three municipalities in Wake County with its own 911 center. The existing center cannot accommodate the additional staffing that will be needed over time due to increasing calls for service and evolving state regulations.

Call volumes at the center have doubled in the past 10 years.

The previous police station at 110 W Ballentine St. totaled only about 5,000 square feet, including the elevator and stairs. It was built just after the turn of the 20th century.

Over the years, the building was a dress shop, a drug store, and finally an auto parts store before the Town purchased the property in 2002. At that time, Town Hall was under construction on the adjoining tract.

Holly Springs' 60-member Police Department has operated in cramped conditions for years.

Nearly a third of Holly Springs' officers operated out of a training room at Fire Station 2 on Avent Ferry Road. Those included the traffic law enforcement team, K-9 unit, and school resource officers.

Evidence storage was locked away in an area of Town Hall that was not accessible to the public. Patrol cars and other equipment were scattered at several secure locations.