Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New police substation to open in northern Commerce City

COMMERCE CITY – Shorter response times, greater community presence and increased crime fighting efficiency are just a few of the benefits anticipated by the Commerce City Police Department as it opens its first police substation.
“This new substation is just one example of the implementation of the city’s strategic plan to promote crime prevention in our community,” said Police Chief Philip J. Baca. “While our No. 1 priority will always be maintaining public safety, a key component of our approach is integrating into the community. This new substation is just one example of these efforts.”

The grand opening/open house event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 6 p.m.

“We are very excited to now have a police substation in the northern part of the city,” Mayor Paul Natale said. “Having this substation will allow our police officers to be more readily available and respond more quickly to calls for service by residents in the north.”

The 1,300 square-foot facility is located at 18240 E. 104th Ave. (just west of Tower Road) in the Reunion Village Shopping Center. Fully networked with police headquarters in the city’s Civic Center, the new substation will provide officers access to file reports, conduct witness interviews and maintain presences in the northern part of the city. The substation will be staffed daily and be open to the public on a by appointment basis.

“Ensuring public safety is the highest priority of any responsible city government,” said City Manager Jerry Flannery. “An increased police presence in the northern part of our city is something our growing population needed, and is an achievement of which we as a city can all be proud.”

City Council members, Police Department and city staff will be on hand to officially open the substation on Wednesday evening. Those who attend will be invited to tour the facility, watch demonstrations by Commerce City’s SWAT and K-9 units and learn about volunteer opportunities within the Police Department. Food, prepared by the Police Department staff, and soft drinks will be available.

Funding for the substation was secured through a federal grant. Shea Homes provided office space to the city for below market price. The company also donated furnishings for the office. Configurations, Inc. donated interior space planning.

For more information about the police substation, or about the Police Department, contact Ofc. Kayla Fender at 303-289-3925, or at kfender@c3gov.com.

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