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Police Department Moves to Temporary Facility in May, 2017

April 4, 2017
The Arlington Heights Police Department will be on the move in May, 2017, to its temporary location at 1500 W. Shure Drive, near Route 53 and Dundee Road, while construction begins on the new facility. 
The Police Department will occupy approximately 15,000 square feet consisting of 2,300 square feet of first-floor space with the remainder being on the third floor. The first floor will include a front desk that offers 24/7 service to the public.
While the temporary location is not centrally located, Police are adjusting schedules so that the start and end of shifts will be staggered. The different starting and ending times will ensure that there is continuous Police coverage throughout the Village, 24/7. Also, patrols are assigned certain beats, or geographical areas, in the Village and do not work from the police facility. The use of beats allows officers to provide a quick response to any calls received during their shift.

Village Hall and the four Fire Stations have also made workspace accommodations for Police officers who can utilize the offices 24/7 to file a report remotely or conduct other business without needing to travel to the temporary facility.
The terms of the lease are for 24 months with a 3 month option, along with the ability to vacate after 14 months with no termination fee if a 45-day notice is provided. The Police are also able to install security as needed and will have access to reserved parking for marked vehicles.
The Village has budgeted $2.2 million for other building costs and a temporary relocation, moving costs, rent and other miscellaneous costs related to construction of a new facility, the $21,896.88 monthly rent for 15,000 square feet is well within the allotted budget.
A total of 18 sites throughout the Village were considered, but many were ruled out because of high rent costs, costs for interior improvements, or lack of visibility.
The temporary location also provides the easiest and fastest location to provide secure data for the Police Department, which is required for the Police to access Federal security systems.
Construction of a new Police Station, which will be built using the same footprint as the existing building, will begin this summer and include a two-level building of approximately 70,500 square-feet and a 10,000 square foot garage. Construction of the new station is expected to cost $27.9 million. 


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