New Sheriff’s Station Serves Growing Eastern Coachella Valley
THERMAL – The new Thermal Sheriff’s Station will be open to the public for tours following the dedication ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday at 86-625 Airport Blvd., just west of Polk Street.
“This station is one of the finest and establishes the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s increased presence in the growing eastern Coachella Valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “This station is ideally suited to serve the area’s public safety needs well into the future.”
The 77,000-square-foot Thermal Sheriff’s Station is the headquarters for 161 sheriff’s deputies and staff and 57 volunteers serving the contract cities of Coachella and La Quinta and the unincorporated communities of Bermuda Dunes, Chiriaco Summit, Mecca, North Shore, Oasis, Sun City Palm Desert, Thermal, Vista Santa Rosa and many other unincorporated communities in a large service area.
The station was built on 20 acres of valuable land donated by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. Proximity to Interstate 10, State Route 86 and Grapefruit Boulevard/Highway 111 made it a suitable choice to replace the cramped Indio Sheriff’s Station located at 82-695 Dr. Carreon Blvd.
“This new facility is an excellent example of a successful partnership,” said Christopher McGuire, vice president of programs for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “The land gift was just the beginning; from there, the county was able to create an exemplary sheriff’s station that will meet our community's public safety needs as it continues to grow.”
To build this station, as well as the newly completed Thermal Fire Station #39, the county invested $15 million in new water and sewer lines primarily along Polk Street and Airport Boulevard. These systems are now in place, forming a backbone for the Coachella Valley Water District, removing a major impediment to development of the Thermal area and preparing the area surrounding the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport for economic growth.
The $42 million project includes a forensics laboratory, 12,000-gallon fueling station for Sheriff’s Department vehicles and a 12,000-square-foot hangar, helipad and approximately 7,000 square feet of office and aviation maintenance space for the aviation division.
Since 2003, Riverside County has invested more than $78.9 million in public works to improve public safety and transform the Thermal community.
Currently under construction is a $2.9 million project to pave and install curbs, gutters and sidewalks to the “Thermal Town Site” streets of Church, Olive and Main. The project is anticipated to be complete in May.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Gregory Huitrado of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency at 951-955-6665 or email GHuitrado@rivcoeda.org.