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Detectives get new digs

New facility includes emergency operations center, interview rooms

Posted: May 20, 2009 9:20 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

From left, Santa Clarita sheriff's Captain Anthony La Berge, Mayor Frank Ferry, Councilmember Marsha McLean, and Lt. Stephen Low applaud as Sheriff Leroy Baca cuts the ribbon to open the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's Detective Bureau at a grand opening ceremony Wednesday.

 
Anyone interested in “Watching the Detectives,” as the song title goes, will find them in a new set of offices.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives have left their older, cramped quarters for a new, state-of-the-art bureau.

The 9,000 square-foot building officially opened Wednesday.

The new detective’s bureau replaces a 1,700 square-foot workspace in the station and houses about 50 employees.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca spearheaded plans for the new detective bureau after a visit to the Santa Clarita Valley station in November 2007.

“I was dismayed when I saw some incredible detectives working in cramped quarters,” Baca said before Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The County Board of Supervisors gave the project a green light in September.

The bureau, located near the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, includes locker rooms, interview rooms, an emergency operations center and a central work area to process inventory evidence and recovered property, according to a sheriff’s department statement.

Sheriff’s officials said the main sheriff’s station, located in the civic center at the intersection of Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway, is still the place for citizens to conduct everyday business.

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