One of the flashiest buildings in Englewood isn't residential — it's the new Englewood Police Department headquarters. “This is a 113-year-old police department getting a 21st-century …
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One of the flashiest buildings in Englewood isn't residential — it's the new Englewood Police Department headquarters.
“This is a 113-year-old police department getting a 21st-century building,” Englewood Mayor Linda Olson said at the April 11 ceremony to celebrate the new facility's opening.
The old headquarters — at the same location — was built in 1972 and wasn't up to modern standards of security and accessibility, police said.
Police Chief John Collins, Olson, Interim City Manager Dorothy Hargrove and members of the team who worked on the project addressed a crowd of about 100 under the high ceiling in a building intended to feel welcoming for the public.
“To have this community step up in the way you did to support the police department, I can't thank you enough,” Collins said. “It's your building.”
Voters passed a $27 million bond in 2016 to fund the new building at 3615 S. Elati St., which offers about 50,000 square feet compared to the 19,000 square feet of usable space at the old station.
18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, whose district includes Englewood, called the building special and hopes the public sees it as a place of “safety, peace and as a place you can go and know the law is going to protect you,” he said at the ceremony.
“I can't do my job well if these men and women (of the police department) aren't awesome, and they are,” Brauchler said, adding the new building will help the police department do its job effectively.
Officials from DLR Group, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, and the real estate firm CBRE — companies that worked on the project — spoke at the event.
The building aims to foster officer wellness and access for the public, featuring a community room and large windows to let in daylight, said officials at DLR Group, which designed the facility.
It's expected to serve as the headquarters for the next 50 years. It includes a multi-purpose training room that can also function as an emergency operations center; modern infrastructure to support data, voice and other communications applications; security systems that will improve safety for visitors, police staff and arrested individuals; and better cellular service, according to a fact sheet from DLR Group.
The new booking and holding area will be safer for officers and those arrested, and the evidence-storage features — including a drive-through evidence drop-off area — will enable better prosecution of crimes, according to DLR Group.
A public plaza between the headquarters and the street intends to facilitate community events, and the building incorporates “21st century” practices for reducing energy consumption, according to the fact sheet.
The old headquarters will be demolished, and the land there will be used as secured parking, according to the police news release. Construction started in January 2018 on the new facility.
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