The New Buffalo/Johnson County Criminal Justice Center had their official ribbon cutting on Thursday and welcomed visitors with a free meal and tours of both the old and new facility.
Members of city, county and state government were on hand for the festivities, as well as local law enforcement officials, many of whom addressed the crowd at the noon ribbon cutting ceremony.
An estimated 250 people heard comments from current anf formar county commissioners, State Representative Mike Madden and State Senator John Schiffer, who told the crowd the new facility is quite an accomplishment for the city and county.
After the ceremony, tours were given of the old and new justice centers, and free lunch was served to the crowd by the comissioners and Buffalo Mayor Randy Dyess. County Commissioner Smokey Wildeman said after the ceremony that people in Johnson County should be proud of the new facility for a number of reasons.
Although the building was officially opened with Thursday's ribbon cutting, law enforcement officials won't be moving in until after last-minute projects are completed in the new facility.