Bee County leaders, law enforcement and residents gathered Thursday morning as they officially broke ground at the construction site of the new Carlos Carrizales, Jr. Law Enforcement Center and the Robert L. Horn Bee County Jail.

The new facilities, both named after former Bee County sheriffs, will be located at Galloway and Hillside drives.

The Bee County Sheriff's Office shared photos of the groundbreaking ceremony on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Bee County Sheriff Aldren Southmayd was among the many who gathered at the event. He served as chief deputy under Sheriff Carlos Carrizales, Jr., the namesake of the new Law Enforcement Center.

Upon his election in 2016, Southmayd told 3News that building a new jail and sheriff's office were among his top priorities.

"A real honor to be a part of this. Named in honor of two very fine sheriffs and men of honor and integrity," Southmayd commented on the Sheriff's Office's Facebook post Thursday.

Carrizales passed away in February of 2016.

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