Sunday, July 01, 2001

Norwood police move into modern HQ

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — The city's new police headquarters was dedicated Saturday, but its official opening won't take place until sometime later this month.

        The new headquarters is in a renovated PNC Bank building, bolstered by security systems and modern police equipment.

        “With these added facilities, the project came in under budget,” Mayor Joe Hochbein said. “This is an example of our city's commitment to deliver modern high quality services to our residents and our business community.”

        He said the acquisition and renovation of the building, between the firehouse and City Hall on Montgomery Road, came in $145,000 below the engineers' estimate.

        “The city paid $300,000 for the PNC bank property and we did about $800,000 worth of renovation to the building.” he said.

        “Our police officers deserve this kind of facility. The old station was in deplorable condition. We will be integrating the fire and police stations. Probably the most outstanding features are the security systems, especially in the rear area where we can process a defendant in an area separate from a victim.”

        The new station has space for the 52 police officers and employees of the clerk of courts.

        The sophisticated security systems start in the main entrance and lobby areas. An intercom allows access 24 hours, seven days a week.

        A 24-hour camera system monitors the police counter and the hallway leading to public restroom. Building sections can be monitored at all times from the supervisor's office.

        Mr. Hochbein said the new police station is twice the size of the old facility.

        The old station will be renovated for the police criminal investigation section.


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