FAIRBORN — Construction on the Fairborn Police Department facility is experiencing its third and final phase and is on track to be completed by the end of the year, according to Fairborn Police Department Operations Sergeant Willard Watts.
The construction, which started in March this year, will result in additional space at the Fairborn Police Department. Construction items include layout changes when navigating the department, new offices for sergeants, expanded locker, training, roll call and break rooms, altered public and police vehicle parking, a new garage, a differing public entrance to the department and a new way to access the jail, among other items.
“The facility was built back in the late 70s and there have been no upgrades, remodels since then,” Watts said. “Everything that had been done to it since then was cosmetic and we had outgrown it. We needed the extra space.”
For up to six weeks during the construction process, Fairborn dispatchers were taking calls from the fire training room in the neighboring Fairborn Government Center. They even dispatched for one day from the Beavercreek Police Department. Watts said the dispatch center was changed just “somewhat,” Watts said, with the biggest difference being related to the altered entrance to the jail.
“The doors for the jail was really the only thing that changed — for the jail,” Watts said, adding that the firing range and jail experienced the least amount, if any, changes throughout the construction project.
“Everyone is really excited for it to get completed,” Watts said. “What is done, like [the sergeant offices], everyone is very happy with and we’re just excited for everything to get done so we can get back to normal with the office we will work out of. Everyone is very happy with what’s taken place so far.”
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