Arvada police chief gives details on new substations

Aerial artistic rendering of the layout of the new police substations being built in 2013. The layout and renderings are subject to change.
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Construction of two new Arvada Police substations will soon be under way.

The substations, which will be in the 6500 block of Kendrick Street and near 81st Avenue and Vance Drive, are part of the Arvada Police Department’s new decentralized policing strategy.

“How can we establish a network that connects everybody together and that brings different, disparate pieces of information together so we can develop patterns we never saw before, or we can uncover problems we never knew existed before,” said Arvada Police Chief Don Wick.

Under the new decentralized policing strategy, each officer will be stationed at one of three police stations, each of which covers a sector of the city.

Sector A includes Arvada from West 88th Avenue south to West 64th Avenue and from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks east to state Highway 95.

Sector B, which will be covered by officers stationed at the main current station, 8101 Ralston Road, from 64th south to Interstate 70 and from Kipling Parkway east to Tennyson Street.

The third area, Sector C, is significantly bigger in terms of land but is smaller than A and B in terms of population size.

Sector C covers the remainder of Arvada, ranging from just south of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge south to the city limits just north of I-70. The sectors ranges from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Kipling west to the edge of Arvada city limits.

Currently, Sector C includes the new Candelas development. In the next 10 years, though, a new sector will be established and another substation will be built near Candelas to serve that part of the city, Wick said.

“We’ve redesigned our police sectors and our strategy is to focus on communities and ‘natural neighborhoods,’” Wick said. “What I want to be able to do is put our police officers in these natural communities so it can be like they live there and our community stations are an integral part of that.”

The new 10,900-square-foot substations will be identical and feature state-of-the art technology and design.

The facility will include a community room, which will be open to the public for use, Wick said, as well as all of the amenities necessary to have about 55 officers stationed at each location, which is a third of Arvada police’s officers.

The new substations will also take advantage of natural light through many windows and the infrastructure, including wires and electronics, will be under the floor instead of in the walls so walls in the office areas can be moved to meet different needs, he said.

A new feature that will benefit the community in case of an emergency is remote locking doors.

“All of our buildings will have high definition cameras connected to dispatch at our main station,” Wick said. “They’ll be able to see everything that’s going on and all of our locking mechanisms are remote.”

If someone were to go into a substation when a front desk attendant isn’t there, a motion-detected camera will pick up the person’s signal, and a dispatch person will appear on the screen to assist them with their problem, even locking the doors to the lobby to protect them until police respond.

“If you’re in trouble and need help, somebody is chasing you or whatever the case is, when you come in there, as soon we see there is a problem we can get you in that lobby and lock down those doors so somebody can’t get at you. That’s a really important feature about how we’re going to get this done.”

The substations were approved by City Council last October as part of the 2013-14 budget and will, together, total $8 million.

The stations were designed by Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and will be built by Adolfsen & Peterson Construction. Construction is expected to begin in March.

Both stations are slated to open Dec. 20.