SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — After months of planning the Sherman Police Department finally broke ground Tuesday on its new headquarters building near the high school.

"It's going to be effective, efficient, and appropriate for the City of Sherman," said police Chief Zachary Flores.

The structure, which is budgeted for more than $10 million, will be worth every penny to the department.

"A new facility that wouldn't just house our current police force, but a growing police force," Flores said.

As the City of Sherman continues to's going to take a bigger police force to keep up.

"It's going to be not only a recruiting tool for us — that we are going to be able to recruit new officers to come to work —but it's also built in a way that as we continue to grow, we can add onto it if needed," Flores said. "It's built not only for that, but for some immediate growth right away."

The department will be able to double in size with the new building, which is located at the corner of Travis Street [FM 1417] and Northgate Drive on the city's south side.

"We can go east and west on Travis Street extremely quickly, over the highway," the chief said. "It's also close enough to the highway [U.S. 75] where we can go north and south very quickly."

Sherman Mayor David Plyler said the new police headquarters is sorely needed.

"This is going to serve generations of folks in the city; it's going to provide the space that they need," he said. "With the growth and the companies coming in, we're going to have sales tax money to help pay for part of it."

Chief Flores said the department currently has 71 sworn officers, and the new facility will let give them room to double the staff.

The headquarters is expected to be finished in the first quarter of 2023.