By Sylvia Gonzalez
Big Spring - After two years in the works and close to $3 million, the Troy Hogue Law Enforcement Center in Big Spring had their dedication on Thursday.
Unlike other centers, the new center will house the Police and the Sheriff's Department all under one roof. The center is named for Trooper Troy Hogue who was killed in the line of duty over 15 years ago.
"We are all very appreciative, and it's just great how they honor him still after all these years," Jennifer Christy, daughter of Trooper Troy Hogue, said.
Christy was only nine years old when her father was shot and killed while conducting an accident investigation in Howard County.
Even though she was young, she tries to keep his memory vivid and she is surprised that 18 years after her dad's passing, the community continues to keep the memory of her father alive.
"I was very excited about it and I really wanted to come so they kinda made it to where I could come. I was in a break from school so I could be here so that meant a lot for me," Christy said.
Sheriff Stan Parker with the Howard County Sheriff's Department says, having the Police Department and Sheriffs Department under one roof will benefit everyone.
"We are already working together in a lot of things which we still do separate responsibilities, we take care everything outside the city limits and they take care of everything inside the city limits. Our investigators work on the same people so having us both in the same building and plus having our patrol division working together, it just gives us more resources to draw," Parker said.
The Law Enforcement Center is not the only thing named after Trooper Troy Hogue, there is also a tactical vessel which is already being used.
"It's assigned right now to intercoastal waters, the boat has actually already been working. We had to do some arm bending to get it here, but DPS was able to get it here, it's already in the coast working right now," Parker said.
Lonnie Smith, Chief of Police for Big Spring, says the center has been long over due for the city of Big Spring.
"A place to be proud of. To work out of, it's convenient for the jail being here, for investigations and follow up. This is a day that's long overdue," Smith said.
There is discussion on what the new role of the old police station might be.
"The council and them (commissioners) have talked about it making it a repository for city records in the bottom floor and things like that," Smith said.