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THE KALAMA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS A NEW HOME!

New Building TNOn May 15, 2019, community residents, city staff, elected officials, and law enforcement officers from throughout SW Washington joined the Kalama Police Department to celebrate the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Kalama Police Department station located at 1000 E Frontage Rd. The 4000 sq. ft. facility replaces the previous 400 sq., ft. temporary police station which had been in the Kalama Community Building since December 2015. Flood waters in 2015 damaged the previous police station beyond the city’s ability to re-use the facility.

The new facility provides enhanced security for personnel, equipment, and confidential information contained in police reports/records. A secure armory now allows for department owned firearms to be stored separate from firearms held for evidence. The building was designed to handle the low-voltage power needs of a professional police facility to ensure faxes, computers, climate control, servers, radios, and printers all work without overloading circuits as was a daily occurrence in the temporary station. New secure holding cells and interview rooms ensure arrestees are not handcuffed to a bench within arm’s reach of the civilian police clerk. Appropriate evidence collection, processing, packaging, submission, and storage procedures are now possible with the station’s Property & Evidence room and vaults. The facility has back-up on-site power generation and is designed for use as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or Incident Command Post (ICP) in the event of a local, critical incident.

The new building offers the department the space and flexibility to grow well into the future. Residents who have toured the new facility have been complimentary of the efficient design and have been impressed with the room for growth for decades to come. The Kalama Police Department wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the residents of Kalama, city staff, and city council and mayor for their support and commitment to getting this desperately needed police station constructed for its officers and community.

 

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