Supervisor Benoit to Dedicate New Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station
PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Sheriff Stan Sniff, Supervisor Marion Ashley, county officials and community leaders at the grand opening and open house of the new Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12. The station is located at 73-700 Gerald Ford Drive in the City of Palm Desert.
“This new station is conveniently accessible to the entire valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The state-of-the-art headquarters is truly the pride of the Sheriff’s Department and will help deputies with the work they need to do.”
The 83,000-square-foot facility is the second-largest Sheriff’s station in Riverside County. It will serve as the headquarters for about 220 Sheriff’s deputies and other staff for the contract cities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, which all moved from the 26,000-square-foot station at the Palm Desert Civic Center in August.
The station also serves the unincorporated communities of Andreas Hills, Joshua Tree National Park, North Palm Springs, Painted Hills, Sky Valley and Thousand Palms.
The $32,916,400 structure features skylights and solar panels, helping to reduce utility costs by 20 percent and becoming the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified building constructed by Riverside County.
Vastly improved features include interview rooms wired with audiovisual equipment and lockers with their own air-flow system to dry body armor. Other improvements include a heliport for emergency landings and a 19,784-square-foot evidence warehouse.
For more information about Tuesday’s grand opening, please contact Tom Freeman, Economic Development Agency, (951) 955-9826.