Proposed Police Facility

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The City of Claremont has been working for the past fifteen years exploring options for a new Police Facility due to the age and condition of the existing building. The current Police Station was built in 1972 and no longer meets State and Federal building standards nor does it fit the needs of a modern police force working 24/7. Since its construction, Claremont’s Police Department has more than doubled in size. While the City has adapted the building to house the additional personnel the building, the City can no longer modify the building to serving the growing needs of the department.

On April 24, 2015, the City Council unanimously voted to place a ballot measure on the November 3, 2015 ballot asking voters to approve a Parcel Tax to fund the construction of a new Police Facility. The Parcel Tax measure failed to pass. Following its failure of Measure PS, then Mayor Corey Calcaycay formed a 15-member Citizens Ad Hoc Committee to review the Police Facility proposal including the location, cost, size, and funding of the facility. In June 2017, the Ad Hoc Committee presented its final recommendations to the City Council. The City Council directed staff to host a series of meetings to gather community feedback on the proposal and financing mechanism. The City held four community meetings and conducted a survey to gather the community’s input on a preferred funding mechanism. Based on the findings of the outreach campaign, the City Council selected a General Obligation Bond and voted to place a ballot measure on the June 5, 2018 general election.

Proposal for New Police Station

Size

26,000 square feet

Cost

$25 million

Location

Bonita Ave existing site

Bond Term

25 years

Financing

Mechanism

G.O Bond

$31 per $100,000 in assessed value

Bond Amount

$23.5 million

The City would contribute $1.5 million from the General Fund for fixtures and furnishings

Election Date

June 5, 2018

Votes Needed to Pass

2/3

 

The ballot question that will be posed to Claremont voters, if the ordinance is introduced by the City Council, is as follows:
“Shall the measure to impose an ad valorem tax on real property located in the City of Claremont at the maximum rate of $30.33 per $100,000 of assessed value, for a maximum term of 25 years, to annually raise an estimated $1.55 million through the sale of general obligation bonds with net proceeds of $23.5 million for construction of a new City police facility that will replace the existing 45-year old substandard police building, be adopted?”

In order to be e approved by the voters, the GO Bond ballot measure must be approved by a 2/3majority.

A General Obligation Bond is an assessment on property based on the assessed value of the property. The City is proposing a $23.5 million bond with a bond term of 25 years to construct a new 26,000 square foot facility. The assessment is $31 per $100,000 in assessed value on a property. As an example, a home assessed at $400,000 would pay $124 per year.

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Police Facility Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Overview of the Claremont Police Department

The Police Department consists of 38 sworn police officers, 3 sworn reserve police officers, 23 full-time professional employees, 8 part-time employees, and over 30 volunteers. The Police Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Police Department consists of the Administrative Services Division, Operations, and Support Services. The Administrative Services Division consists of administration, community and volunteer programs, emergency operations, and the Detective Bureau. The Operations Division consists of traffic and patrol and special programs such as the school resources officer and K-9 unit. The Support Services Division oversees records, dispatch, impound and the jail.

Why does the City need a new Police Facility?

The current Police Station, located at 570 West Bonita Avenue, was evaluated as part of a comprehensive Needs Assessment study in 2016 that looked at the needs of the Police Department, the condition of the existing station, the feasibility of retrofitting the existing station, and logistics of constructing a new facility at the current site. The Ad Hoc Committee evaluated the finding of the study and determined the existing station is no longer able to serve the needs of the Police Department. The wear and tear of round the clock usage has deteriorated the station. Heating and air conditions are failing and regularly overheat, putting computer and communication systems at risk.

The existing facility was built for a much smaller, all male police force. Since the facility opened, the number of employees work­ing out of the station has more than doubled. The 42 year old electrical and mechanical systems are failing to meet the demands of today’s advanced computer and communication systems. The equipment and technology used by a modern police force is vastly different from the tools and equipment used by police in the 1970s. The Cla­remont Police Department relies on computer systems for dispatch, communications, investi­gations, reports, and monitoring the Automated License Plate Reader Video System. The Depart­ment has invested in technology to assist officers in working more efficiently and effectively.

The police station serves as the City’s primary emergency response center with operations run­ning 24 hours a day. The station also houses a Type I jail facility that books and hold persons for crimes for up to 96 hours before they are ar­raigned and turned over to the County. The jail houses up to 18 inmates who are monitored, fed, and cared for by the jail staff. The jail is currently certified by the Department of Corrections but is at risk of losing certification due to its age and design.

 

In addition to the lack of space, one of the main reasons the City began researching a new facility is the fact that the bunker-style building does not meet current earthquake standards. The station, made of cinder blocks, was not engineered to withstand the shaking and rolling of a major earthquake. Since the Northridge earthquake, the State passed the Essential Services Building Seismic Safety Act, which requires police stations, fire stations, and hospitals to be built to one and one-half the building code standards today to help ensure that these critical facilities are able to function during and after an earthquake.

 At the time the station was built, the Americans With Disabilities Act did not exist. The Act established building standards to ensure public buildings are accessible to persons with disabilities. The current station does not meet the standards required by the ADA.

 

Proposed New Facility

For larger images, please view the Presentation in the link above.

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Community Meetings

The City hosted a  series of public meetings to present the designs to the community and gather input on the financing mechanism. A video of one of the presentations can be viewed below.