As the Chapel Hill Police Department grows, its current headquarters won’t be able to cut it for long.
Chapel Hill’s population has grown by about 21.6 percent in the last decade, and the police force has had to expand to keep up.
This growth has put a strain on department headquarters on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard — something that has led the department to begin seeking a more suitable building and the town is looking at a wide range of options to alleviate the department’s overcrowding.
Chapel Hill Police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said three satellite offices have opened — one each in Southern Village, University Mall and on Sykes Street — to ease congestion at headquarters.
If approval for new headquarters is secured in the future, Mecimore said some satellite offices would be blended back, while some would remain intact.