On the 125th anniversary of the Stamford Police Department, the City of Stamford held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for its new Police Headquarters on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. City and Police officials gave a tour of the new building’s facilities to members of the community in Stamford.
“This new police headquarters is a necessary and vital improvement for our Police Department,” said Mayor David Martin. “Our old building was too small for our Police, too antiquated for our community’s needs and too contaminated by environmental hazards such as asbestos and lead. This new building will meet the needs of our Police Department for many generations to come, and allow it to work more effectively. Our Police have shown that investments into their department pays itself back to the community — that’s why Stamford has a low crime rate and remains the safest City in New England.”
The department will begin slowly transitioning into the new building, with smaller departments transitioning over first, and full building functionality by June.
“The City of Stamford is safe because of the dedication of the brave men and women of the Stamford Police Department,” said Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare Ted Jankowski. “This new facility was constructed for the benefit of both the department and our community. Our department deserves a new facility for their continuous excellence, and our community needs our department to continue advancing our policing into the future to ensure Stamford remains a safe place to live, work and play.”
The new police headquarters is 94,245 square-feet, with four floors, and roughly double the size of the existing headquarters. In addition to this main building, the new headquarters will feature an 86,677 square-feet parking garage for police vehicles only that can store 175 cars total.
“I am pleased that Mayor Martin, the Boards and the community continue to support the great work of the Stamford Police Department,” said Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau. “This is evident by this new community-friendly building constructed for policing in the 21st century.”
The new structure will help the Police Department to improve community policing efforts and form deeper relationships with the community. This is evident in the building itself, which was designed to be a welcoming sight to the public, sending a message to residents that the Police are partners with the community.
The old police headquarters was built in 1955, and although it was renovated in 1980, it was too small for the current police force. Several departments were housed in offsite facilities, including the Special Response Team, Bomb Squad, and Crash Analysis Reconstruction services. Renovation and expansion plans were explored for the facility, but the significant levels of hazardous materials within the structure would’ve required substantial abatement beyond cost efficiency or feasibility. After an extensive search, the site of the new headquarters was chosen to be directly next to the old building. The old headquarters’ property will remain as green space until another use is found.
The new police headquarters cost $60 million in total. This includes costs for land acquisition, demolition of existing buildings, furniture, equipment, architects, engineers, specialty consultants, temporary relocation of the specialty departments and the move of the Hoyt-Barnum House. Constructions costs for the headquarters were approximately $44.6 million.