Brecksville To Unveil New Police Station

Brecksville - Brecksville Mayor Jerry N. Hruby and Police Chief Bill Goodrich have announced that the grand opening of the City’s new police station will be on Saturday morning, September 14th at 11 am.

The station is at 9020 Brecksville Road across from City Hall.

Mayor Hruby says that everyone is welcome to attend and urged parents to bring their children to see the new station and meet police personnel.

A brief dedication ceremony will include a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a plaque marking the event, and listing key figures in its construction.

"The old station was only built to house 16 to 17 officers, and that number ballooned to 30 barely a decade after it was built", says police chief Bill Goodrich. "We currently have five to six officers at two desks a piece."

The Brecksville Police Honor Guard will present the colors. A symbolic “passing of the torch” between the old and new stations will be the transfer of an American flag which has been in the former station since its opening on September 26th, 1972.

Tours of the station with police personnel will begin after the ceremony and continue until 2 pm. For security purposes it will not be possible to view the multi-city dispatch center but someone from the center will be available for questions.

The ceremony will be at the south main entrance to the station off Brecksville Road, Route 21. Parking is available in the City Hall parking lot or the Municipal parking lot near the fire station directly across Brecksville Road from the new station. A courtesy shuttle will transport visitors to and from the two parking lots beginning at 10:30 am and continue until after the tours. Special needs individuals will be accommodated in the building.

Brecksville police officers will control pedestrian traffic on Rt. 21. They urge people attending to cross Rt. 21 only at marked crosswalks.

If there is inclement weather the ceremony will be held on the north side of the station in a covered area.

The new 23,000 square foot station replaces the small and outmoded police station at City Hall. The emergency dispatch center will be a part of the Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center representing regionalism in action. The City will also save approximately $280,000 by employing 12-hour holding cells instead of building a full scale jail, another example of regionalism.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Cornell / WTAM 1100

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