Assemblymember Salas and Corcoran PD Celebrate Groundbreaking
Nearly $6 million allocated for Corcoran for new headquarters and community facilities
CORCORAN – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined the Corcoran Police Department and other elected officials for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new police department facility in the City of Corcoran. The new department facility was made possible by funding that Assemblymember Salas secured through the state budget. Assemblymember Salas along with the Corcoran Police Department and local leaders secured nearly $4 million in the 2015-16 state budget and an additional $1.7 million in the 2018-19 state budget that was needed to completely fund the project.
“The groundbreaking is the culmination of a multi-year effort to address a critical public safety need in our community. This new facility provides a 50 year solution that will greatly increase positive community interaction with the police department,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This was a great day for the City of Corcoran and Kings County. This investment will provide the community with an additional meeting space and provide law enforcement with the facility and tools necessary to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
“This groundbreaking event represents several years of hard work from an outstanding team of professionals led by Assemblyman Rudy Salas,” said Reuben P. Shortnacy, Corcoran Police Chief. “The Assemblyman fought for funding that will bring a 50 year solution for police infrastructure needs. It is a great day for the community of Corcoran and Corcoran Police Department.”
The new police department is 10,400 square feet, located nearby the current department facility at Civic Center Park. The current department – which is around 75 years old – is less than 4,000 square feet. The new department facility will make critical improvements to public safety infrastructure for the region, including the following: an Emergency Operations Center – which the current department does not have – that will also double as a community meeting/training room; a modern Temporary Holding Facility; a modest fitness room for officers and staff to maintain physical condition; and a fully enclosed sally port which will improve the safety of officers and prisoners, another new addition that the current facility is lacking.
In addition, the new facility has a service friendly design to promote positive community engagement and interaction, greatly improving the public’s experience at the department. There will also be secure parking, which currently the department is lacking and as a result has had police vehicles vandalized. The new building will bring all operations back into one building. Due to space limitations in the current space, some employees have had to be located in other buildings.
In 2015-16, Assemblymember Salas worked to secure $5 million for public safety infrastructure projects in Avenal, Lemoore and Corcoran. This year, Assemblymember Salas again worked closely with Kings County law enforcement to secure $8.7 million for public safety infrastructure in the region. Assemblymember Salas and Chief Shortnacy were joined by other local leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Corcoran Mayor Raymond Lerma and Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle.
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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.