Public Invited To Tour New Police Station

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Most law-abiding citizens won't ever see the cold, steely interior of a holding cell in a police station.


But this Sunday, folks who'd like to sneak a peek, can check out the Payson Police Department's new 8,500-square-foot building at the Payson Town Hall complex during an open house.


At more than twice the size of the department's current station --3,000 square feet eked out of town hall -- the new station features more than enough space for the department's 44 full-time and two part-time employees.


"We definitely have room to grow," Police Chief Gordon Gartner said. "It will be anywhere from 10 to 15 years before we have to do much of anything (to expand), depending on how the town grows."


"In the new building, we have a crime lab, evidence room, reception area and a separate 9-1-1 dispatch center, break room, fitness room, locker rooms for men and women, and seven offices," the chief said. "There's also a temporary holding facility, interview rooms and an armory."


At the front of the building, there's also a public conference room that can hold about 30 people, Gartner said.


Sunday afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m., Town Hall officials will welcome the public with a short program that includes music, an invocation and dedication prayer by Police Chaplain Gary Knighton, a flag raising ceremony by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and remarks by Gartner, Mayor Vern Stiffler and contractor Mike Amon of Amon Builders.


"After that, we'll have tours with employees on hand to answer questions, and we'll have food and drinks available," Gartner said.


The open house and the tours will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the new police station at 303 N. Beeline Highway.

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