A public ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Dec. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. to mark the ground breaking for the $12.6 million Lincoln City Police Department building.
The ceremony will take place at 1503 SE East Devils Lake Road, at the site of the current police operations in Lincoln City.
Lincoln City Manager Ron Chandler has said that taxpayers would not face the cost of the new police building, but that it would be funded through a combination of sources, including the city’s transient room tax.
The following is a conversation with Lincoln City Police Chief Jerry Palmer about the new police building.
News Guard: What is the range of items that had to be set aside to meet budget and will that in any way compromise the working and effective function ability of the building and staff?
Palmer: The new building will be state of the art in construction method and technology. Some items such as the demolition of our current building and completing the secured parking area have been deferred to be completed in different phases over the next two to three years.
We also changed some specifications such as using galvanized steel railings outside instead of stainless steel, altering lighting packages and changing cabinetry finishes. In addition, our contractor Emerick voluntarily cut some of their costs and subcontractors have reworked bids to help bring costs down.
News Guard: Give us the square footage and the range of amenities that this new structure will provide police and the community and include details about juvenile and adult holding facilities.
Palmer: The new facility will be approximately 18,000 square feet. Our current building is 8,000 square feet. The new building will have new community meeting room, which will also serve as the new emergency operations center for the city. This room will also become our main training room and be of size enough to host regional training opportunities.
The new facility will provide a state of the art dispatch center, expanded records storage, expanded and state of the art evidence processing and storage, and updated holding rooms for in-custody arrests. The new facility is also designed with future growth in mind over the next couple of decades.
News Guard: When do you hope the police will move into the new building?
Palmer: We hope to be transitioning into the new building in December of 2019 or January of 2020.
News Guard: Is the plan still to demolish the current police station once the new building is open, and if so, what is the plan to continue effective police services during that tear down?
Palmer: We will continue to work out of our current building until the new facility is completed. The construction team will be making sure we, and the public, can continue to have access to the current building during construction. Our police and dispatch services will not be interrupted.
News Guard: What will this new police building mean to the police and to our community?
Palmer: The new building will provide a state of the art facility, which has been designed from the ground up to support the police department operations for the first time in the history of LCPD. It will go a long way in making Lincoln City PD a desirable agency for attracting and retaining employees.
The technology going into the facility will help make employees more efficient as well as providing technology needed for proper emergency operation center functions. The new community room will offer LCPD more opportunities to host community meetings and events as part of our agencies ongoing community outreach.
Follow development of the new Lincoln City Police building, here online, at thenewsguard.com, and in the Wednesday print editions of The News Guard.