Des Moines Police gets new substation on Pacific Highway

The Des Moines City Council on Thursday (Jan. 24) approved a lease agreement with the owner of the Redondo Square Shopping Center for a 1,400 square foot storefront police substation.

The Council was told the space will have a double use, for uniformed staff to use as office space and for officers of the multi-jurisdictional task force that focuses on violent crimes, gangs, and gun violence. The office will also accommodate federal agents and state and local law enforcement officers providing a high visibility police presence in the south end of town.

“This model brings together a diverse group of law enforcement agencies to combat violent crime and fugitive apprehension,” said Des Moines Police Chief Ken Thomas. “I am pleased that our community will benefit by having these task force agents operating out of our city. The City of Des Moines will reap the benefit from this location and I am certain it will have a direct impact on our response times and increasing police presence.”

The Des Moines Council was told Thursday that costs will be shared by both federal and local law enforcement jurisdictions. In addition, he said local contractors and businesses are chipping in with reduced rates and donations of services to help with costs which Thomas said will significantly reduce impacts to the Des Moines Police department budget.

This space will not be utilized as a walk in police department. It will be a secured space for law enforcement officials to work from, hold briefings, and share vital violent crime information.

“We recognize the geographic challenges of our city running longer north to south. That is why we just entered into an agreement with Highline College for access to space in the MaST Center on Redondo Beach Drive at no cost.” This space will be utilized by both foot and bike patrols during summer months and a space for report writing and briefings. This will also provide high visibility and will help to reduce response times.

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