Submitted by City of Lacey

The City of Lacey seeks 12 to 15 community members, including business owners, to join a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) that will provide input and guidance on the new Lacey Police Department facility. The City invites people who live or work in Lacey to apply for the CAP by Tuesday, March 1.

The CAP will review the public safety facility needs-assessment study that was completed over the past two years, tour the current police department building and anticipated building area, and provide recommendations on how the Lacey Police Department and community will use the new facility. The City anticipates the process will take approximately ten months and require 20 to 30 hours of volunteer commitment from the CAP members.

The current Lacey Police facility was built in 1985 when the force totaled 20 officers. The Lacey Police Department has grown to 60 officers, 12 civilian employees, and over ten volunteers. The current facility is overcrowded, inadequately designed for modern public safety, lacks sufficient infrastructure, and has been in operation well beyond its anticipated life span.

A new police station will provide the growing Lacey community with a modern public-safety facility that enhances police operations and improves emergency management operations as it will also serve as the City’s Emergency Operations Center in the event of a disaster. The new space will also accommodate additional public-safety personnel and community service providers for years to come.

On February 10, the Lacey City Council approved a proposal to enter into a land purchase agreement with Saint Martin’s Abbey for the new Lacey Police Department facility. In addition, the Council approved moving forward with solicitations for qualified consultants to provide design services for the new facility. Qualified consultants can get more information on the solicitation process from the City of Lacey website. Statements of qualification must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 4 to be considered.

To get more information or apply for the Community Advisory Panel, contact Lacey Deputy Police Chief Hollis at RHollis@ci.lacey.wa.us or 360.438.2664.

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