LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Patrol is upgrading its main offices.
NSP and Gov. Pete Ricketts cut the ribbon on a new headquarters in north Lincoln on Thursday. Troopers and civilian staff were scattered across multiple locations in town before. Now, Col. John Bolduc says operations will be more efficient.
“Communication is better, systems are better, and we’re realizing those efficiencies that are so important in state government so that we can deliver to the taxpayers that efficiency that they require of us,” Bolduc said.
Bolduc says efforts to consolidate in one place have been ongoing for decades.
Now, the new 4600 Innovation Drive location holds the State Headquarters, Carrier Enforcement Division, Criminal Identification Division and more. The space includes a state of the art communications center that can track all trooper vehicles and monitor dash cam live feeds. Conference rooms are named after fallen troopers and a wall near the entrance shows the agency’s history.
The building also brings the State Patrol’s fingerprinting, background check, and commercial vehicle inspection services to one spot.
“All of those services that were scattered around the city are now going to be housed in one place," Bolduc said. "So this has been the ultimate process improvement, not only for our citizens, but for our teammates here at the Nebraska State Patrol.”
In his speech, Ricketts thanked state troopers for their service and said he’s proud of the agency.
“I think this marks another step in our journey of serving our customers better, always finding ways to be able to do a better job," Ricketts said. "No matter how well we do today, we can do a better job tomorrow. And I think this will be tremendous for our ability to continue to serve in the great tradition of the Nebraska State Patrol.”
The building will house 150-200 employees.