Officials and guests of Palomar College gathered on Wednesday, January 23, to celebrate the opening of a new Police Building at the college’s main campus.
With 7,640 square feet of space, the building represents a long-awaited expansion for the Palomar College Police Department, which was previously located off Parking Lot 1 by Mission Road and is now situated in the heart of the campus.
“College police departments have a very difficult job, and our police officers, community service officers and police staff fulfill that duty with dignity and honor on behalf of the college,” said Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake. “This new facility is designed to provide the department with an efficient and productive environment in order for them to do the very important work necessary to protect and serve this campus. We are very proud of our police department.”
The ceremony was held on a picture-perfect afternoon in the square between the new Police Building, the Humanities Building and the Library/Learning Resource Center that opens next week with the beginning of the Spring semester. About 150 people gathered to celebrate the grand opening and tour the police facility, which is equipped with a large briefing room (that will serve as the Emergency Operations Center), dispatch center, locker rooms, holding cells and vehicle bay.
The new facility is located near the heart of campus, a sleek building of brick and brushed metal, with key upgrades and more room for operations. College leaders say the building is well-equipped for the challenges of serving a growing campus community.
“Palomar is like a small city,” said Governing Board President Mark Evilsizer. “And like a city we have a professional police department that keeps our property secure and our employees safe, and does a wonderful job interacting with our students.”
For more information about the Palomar College Police Department, please visit www2.palomar.edu/pages/police/.