FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Center was officially opened today with a ceremony in Freehold.

Sheriff Shaun Golden was joined by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and local dispatchers. 

The new 45,000-square foot high-tech, state-of-the-art facility is expected to serve as a blueprint for 911 centers across the region. The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office Communications Division answers 911 calls for 45 of the county's 53 municipalities and provides police, fire and EMS dispatch services.

"This replaces our 911 center that's over 25 years old and this will take us into the next 25 years," said Sheriff Golden.

The new $23 million facility is located on Kozloski Road in Freehold Township.