LAPD opens new Harbor Division police station
The Los Angeles Police Department will unveil its new $40-million police station during a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the Harbor Station, which serves parts of San Pedro, Harbor Gateway and Wilmington.
The 50,000-square-foot facility will be the new home to the Harbor Division’s 260 patrol officers, detectives and support staff, who have been working out of temporary trailers since 2005, when the nearly century-old Harbor Station was closed for demolition.
“It will be great when you don’t have to turn sideways when two people walk down the hall,” said Lt. John Pasquariello, who has worked at Harbor Division for six months. “Trust me, it wears on you, the cramped quarters.”
There will be no increase in staffing, but the new facilities – which include a 300-inmate jail -- are expected to make operations more efficient, Pasquariello said. With no jail at the temporary site, officers have had to drive prisoners 20 minutes to the 77th Division jail, taking them off the beat for extended periods.
The new station, located at 2175 John S. Gibson Blvd., includes a helicopter pad, parking structure and garage. What is now a small, cacophonous lobby will be replaced by a spacious room with ample seating and a community room. It was built with money from Proposition Q, a $600-million bond initiative approved by voters in 2002 to improve public-safety facilities.
About 1,000 community members are expected at the ribbon cutting this evening, which will be emceed by actor Neil McDonough of “Desperate Housewives.” Chief William Bratton, other department officials and local politicians are also expected to attend the event, which will include a tour of the new facilities, live entertainment and refreshments.
“I’ve been very surprised at how much it means to the community,” said Micheile D’Angelo, a civilian employee of the Harbor community-relations section since 1995. “They’re so delighted and happy with the architecture.”
“Everybody knows about it,” Pasquariello said. “Its right next to the Harbor Freeway, and they’ve been watching it go up for several years.”
-- Jason Felch
Photo: Los Angeles Police Department