On Saturday, December 6, 2008, Horsham Township Council broke ground for the new Horsham Township Police Station. The new building will be located on the property adjacent to the Municipal Building at 1025 Horsham Road, which is also the location of the Township's Community Center that was opened in 2005. The township acquired the property for the police station earlier this year. The existing single family home was demolished to make way for the 14,020 square foot one story building and the associated parking. The Police Department is currently located on the first floor of the Municipal Building and occupies approximately 5,000 square feet. The size and configuration of the existing space has proven to be inadequate in recent years as the department has grown and the nature of police work has evolved.
Council is committed to providing the department with the resources that are needed to insure the residents are well served. The facility to be constructed will include many features that are non-existent in the current building. Those features include : a secure area for prisoner and evidence processing, work stations with computer access for the patrol officers, a roll call room, interview rooms for the accused as well as the victims of crime, full size lockers for the officer's equipment, and a sally port with an attached garage for secure transport of prisoners. In addition to providing the appropriate work space for the department, the site will incorporate many stormwater control improvements.
We are happy to report that this much needed addition to your township facilities will be accomplished without a tax increase or incurring any debt. Just as was the case with the purchase and renovations of the existing public works facility, the conversion of the former public works garage into a community center, the $4 million allocation toward the construction of two new Firehouses, the need was foreseen and the funds were saved to accomplish the project. A ribbon cutting is expected to take place in December 2009.