After years of planning and waiting, York County’s new law enforcement center is getting closer to reality – Daily Press

YORK — After years of discussion and planning, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office will soon begin construction on its new building.

The county administrator wrote in a 2021 memorandum that the sheriff’s office was “extremely short of space.” The current 7,000-square-foot building will be upgraded to the nearly 52,000-square-foot law enforcement center, said Major Ron Montgomery. Construction is expected to begin in 60-90 days, just down the road from the current office, on Goodwin Neck Road.

“The building represents the commitment to quality community law enforcement services that citizens have come to expect from the York-Poquoson Sheriffs Office,” County Administrator Neil Morgan wrote to supervisors last month, announcing the next phase of the project, which it says in the statement. Capital improvement plan of the province.

Montgomery, who served as the representative of the sheriff’s office during the design and construction process, said the new building will allow deputies and staff to work more efficiently, interact with the community on a more personal level, and space the department. give to grow.

The new building will have a complete training wing, including a virtual reality training room. The training wing allows for more local training, rather than sending delegates to other departments for training. Meanwhile, in the virtual reality training room, agents can practice all scenarios from active shooters to mental health crises. The new space will also allow for more regular training, Montgomery said.

The new building will also have a common room, equipped with video and audio equipment, which local organizations can use for meetings.

“We’re really excited that this gives us the opportunity to expand our community policing concepts and our relationship with the community, to the extent that people get in there on a regular basis,” Montgomery said.

The new building will expand the forensic capacity of the sheriff’s office. There will be larger property and evidence spaces, as well as an expanded ability to process, photograph and catalog evidence, Montgomery said.

The new space is also intended to allow the sheriff’s office to expand over time, Montgomery said. There are currently about 110 officers and other staff in the current space, while the size of the new building would allow for 160 officers. Morgan said the new building should serve the needs of the sheriff’s office for the next 40 years.

The design process for the new building alone took two years, Montgomery said. The representatives of the York-Poquoson office traveled to other offices to find inspiration for the building. The James City County Law Enforcement Center was the starting point for what the office was looking for, but adapted to the needs of the York-Poquoson office, Montgomery said.

“The employees here are obviously excited about the prospect of moving into this building. We’ve all given them input in one way or another,” Montgomery says. “It really is a project that affects the entire agency and that has contributed to the enthusiasm of all employees. And they want to get into this building as soon as possible.”

The first phase of the project, which Morgan said was largely complete, involved clearing and leveling the 12-acre wooded site and adding tumlanes to Goodwin Neck Road along the main entrance, along with installing underground utilities.

The York County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on July 19 awarding a $22 million dollar contract to Newport News’ Oyster Point Construction Company to complete construction. Completion can be completed 12 to 18 months after the start of the project.

Madison Peek, [email protected]

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