Gilroy Today 2007 07 July/Aug - Page 15

Gilroy Police Department

Police continued from page 9

Inside a jail cell at the new police station facility .
and shut-off the area so that the area can be completely sealed-off from the rest of the parking structure — no chance of the suspect running from the car .
The offices on the second floor are carefully designed to suit the needs of the different departments . The detectives have closed-off units that allow for more privacy . The gang task force has an open area that allows for more interaction . Staff and administrative offices have easy access to one another . The whole building is well laid out and shows a tremendous amount of foresight and planning . Retired Assistant Chief Lanny Brown and City Planning Department , Bill Headley , were the project managers on the station .
The lobby is open , spacious and as inviting as a police station can be . There is a large tribute to the first Gilroy police chief , C . J . Laizure , and local police work that dominates the lobby area . Right off the lobby and with direct access to the outside is a large community meeting room . With prior arrangement this room can be made available to community groups . Also off the lobby are small meeting rooms where victims and witnesses can meet privately with officers . The station also house the 911 communications and dispatching group in a spacious open area . This area is a marked contrast to the previous basement dungeon location . There are new areas for evidence processing and storage . Everything is well laid out , consistent with current police procedures and reasonably state of the art . The fixtures and appointments are functional , not extravagant .
In the center of the building is a two-story atrium with a common area for officers and staff . The beautiful wall renderings , live plants and sky lights remind officers that not all is as gloomy and depressing as what they might see on the street .

Gilroy Police Department

MISSION : Providing excellent public safety services in partnership with the community .
VISION : Building community partnerships to provide a safe environment in which to live work and play
VALUES : • Respect • Integrity • Compassion • Teamwork
• Innovation • Accountability
MOTTO :
Pride , Professionalism , Service
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