FRONT ROYAL — The Police Department celebrated its new headquarters with an open house for the community on Saturday.
Police moved into the 21,000 square foot facility, located at 900 Monroe Ave., toward the end of April. The open house gave residents a chance to see the department’s new home.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Police Chief Kahle Magalis. “This is the first multi-purpose public safety building for the town of Front Royal. It’s designed to carry us for the next 40 years. There’s some unused space, but that will be used in the future. They built this building in mind for the future.”
The facility, which cost $10 million, is a replacement for the former headquarters located on Jackson Street.
“It’s almost like living in someone else’s house,” Capt. Crystal Cline said. “It’s been fantastic. Everything has a place now. It’s worked out really well.”
The headquarters features an evidence room, a lab to examine evidence, and a dispatch room. The headquarters will also be home to the investigations division, which had previously operated at a separate location, and a community meeting room for any organization needing meeting space.
Sgt. Travis Cave, who has been with the department for eight years, is happy with the new headquarters.
“We’re excited,” he said. “Considering what we had over at the old facility, it wasn’t the best of places. When we pull up here, we can be proud of what we see.”
The open house featured guided tours of the facility, K-9 demonstrations, a bicycle rodeo, and a DUI goggle course — a course where participants drive while wearing goggles that simulate the effects of impairment.
Front Royal residents Kevin and Lori Glascock were impressed.
“I think the facility is beautiful,” Lori Glascock said.
It’s state-of-the-art and it’s just wonderful that [the department] has a place they can call home.
“It’s amazing,” Kevin Glascock said. “It’s a very nice facility that they’ll get a lot of use out of.”