The boys and girls in blue have a new home. It's the first new Winnipeg police station built in 40 years, and it has officially opened its doors.

The new East district station cost $12 million. It has 33 thousand square feet of space and room for a staff of 200, with the possibility to expand.

The facility will merge two districts which serve much of East Winnipeg. The station is built with energy efficient technologies, and plenty of natural lighting.

There's also a gym and a quiet room for staff.

The funding for the station came from a private public partnership. It's the first city facility built on the 3-P model.

A private company built the station, and the city will lease it. The city believes it will save up to a million dollars over the life of the building.