MADISON, Wis. -

A project to more than double the size of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department’s headquarters has officially broken ground, according to a news release.

The $4.8 million, 24,000-square-foot expansion will add additional office and training space for the department, as well as allow the department to consolidate its staff into one building, the release said. Currently, UWPD staff are divided between three buildings.

"A common phrase around here -- and even in our old building -- has been 'everything will be better in the new building,'" UWPD interim Chief Brian Bridges said in the release. "And while this addition doesn’t solve all of our space problems, it’s a huge step for us -- and we’re excited about the new space that’s coming."

The project is expected to be completed by next fall.