Currently, police headquarters are on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, but Chapel Hill Town Council member Michael Parker said new headquarters would potentially be built on land owned by the University on Estes Drive.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue said it is too early to know if this will happen, but he is hopeful it will.
Parker said the move was not decided upon to increase the efficiency of the police staff, but rather, the town council wants the police staff to be stationed in a more accommodating environment.
“The main goal is not to improve safety because safety has been pretty good both in UNC as well as in the town,” Parker said.
Instead, the main goal is to ensure that the department has the kinds of facilities to keep up with modern standards, since current conditions aren’t ideal, he said.
Parker said the project is still in its early stages and there are a lot of questions left to be answered.
“This will make things more efficient both financially, in terms of building, as well as operationally,” he said.
Parker said a new building is necessary to house the police staff.