Nearly three-and-a-half years after voters approved a no-tax increase bond to fund public safety projects, the Lee’s Summit Police Department is ready to unveil its new training facility.
Department brass and city officials plan to dedicate the department’s new training facility with a ceremony open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. May 2. The open house portion of the dedication will include tours of the new facility, which includes a remodeled and expanded detention center and an indoor firing range and training room.
After the addition of 33,000-square-feet of space to the existing 66,000-square-feet that houses police headquarters, the expanded facility will also include a double garage bay to store items such as armored vehicles.
Previously those vehicles were housed off-site and outdoors, adding to the wear and tear of the vehicles. Officers had to train off-site in the past as well.
“The men and women of the Lee’s Summit Police Department are appreciative of the community support that approved the bond issue in 2010,” Interim Police Chief Scott Lyons said of the new building. “As a department, we are excited to get moved into the new facility and begin the work of offering cutting edge training to our staff. We hope the public will come out and join us in dedicating the new facility.”
The addition also includes training classrooms and associated community support space as well as the renovation of 3,500 sq. ft. of space located in the previous detention area. Capacity to hold male detainees for a short period of time increased from 14 to 16 and capacity for women being detained increased from two to 16.
Access to police headquarters from Douglas Road and additional parking spaces for visitors is also a part of the project.
The $8 million project came in just under the $10 million allocated after voters approved a $37.4 million no-tax increase bond in November of 2010.
Additional funds from the public safety project were earmarked for other projects such as an upgrade to the emergency services radio system.
“We’re right at budget or under,” said Mark Taylor, major of the department’s support services division.
Titan Built Construction Company handled construction of the facility and Treanor Architects designed the building.