Why Replace Current Police Station ?

In 2014, the City contracted with the Mackenzie firm to conduct a study of the current police and court facilities and analyze potential options for replacement. The study found that the current facility is undersized and outdated for effective, modern law enforcement. There are numerous deficiencies (PDF). Listed in the report below is a small sample:

  1. Structural and Site deficiencies: Unreinforced masonry buildings like this one have proven to perform very poorly during seismic events. Additionally, the current site lacks sufficient space, has areas that are cramped and difficult to access, has unsecured parking, and has loose wiring for electricity and telecommunications that rests on the rooftop and is easily subject to tampering or damage from adjacent trees.
  2. Evidence Storage: The evidence technician's desk is located within the evidence storage room, exposing the employee to constant interaction with potentially dangerous substances.
  3. Records Archives: The archives room was the subject of a prior sewage leak, thankfully compromising only one bin of documents. The storage space is currently filled to capacity.
  4. Interview Rooms: The interview rooms lack the proper technology to effectively record meetings and provide security and privacy for the police, victims, and suspects.
  5. Toilet Room: Neither of the two restrooms are fully ADA compliant, one meets the spatial requirements, though it lacks the vertical grab bar necessary. Both are accessed through the public lobby and pose a security risk to officers and staff.