DPS Police Headquarters & Command Center
Building: New Construction
Location: 8500 Cameron
Project Cost: $5.6 million
Square Footage: 23,000 SF
Design Builder: O’Brien Edwards Construction Company
Construction Started: Summer 2010
Construction Completed: Winter 2011
The 23,000-square-foot, high-tech facility serves as the base of security operations for DPS and includes a four-station Command Center post where officers are able to monitor campuses 24 hours a day using live-feed monitoring surveillance systems from digital cameras and alarms installed on school grounds.
The new DPS Police headquarters includes:
- a 70-seat officer roll call room
- 5 juvenile holding rooms
- 1 adult holding room
- 3 K-9 kennels
- 4 interview rooms
- a 50’ sallyport
- fitness area with men’s and women’s locker rooms
- 9 offices
- 2 conference rooms
- a break room, and
- an auxiliary diesel generator that will tap into an uninterruptible power supply.
The new facility provides an improved 24-hour security system to enhance public safety on campuses for all students and staff district-wide. It was built from the ground up in six months on a six-acre site near I-75 and Clay Avenue that serves as an anchor for redevelopment in the city's North End neighborhood. It replaced the outdated building on Woodward Avenue that was the site of a former car dealership that could no longer accommodate the technological infrastructure necessary to effectively monitor the schools.
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