Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Grand Opening of Magnolia Policing Center

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Riverside, Ca- The City of Riverside is proud to host the Dedication and Grand Opening of the new Magnolia Policing Center on Saturday, July 15, 2006, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The family-friendly event will include the dedication ceremony, public tours of the new facility, informative exhibits by various police units, entertainment for children, and free refreshments.

The 72,000-square-foot Magnolia Policing Center is a full-service police facility housing more than 220 officers, detectives and civilian support personnel. Features include new training, property and records facilities and a 1,600-square-foot community room for public use.

“Magnolia is our first Neighborhood Policing Center facility – the latest step in RPD’s goal of delivering police services closer to the neighborhoods and communities we serve,” said Police Chief Russ Leach. The City is made up of four Neighborhood Policing Center areas; Patrol divisions for the West and Central areas will be based at Magnolia. Also based at Magnolia are the citywide Traffic Division, Central Investigations Bureau, and Special Operations units.

The new facility was acquired by the City of Riverside in 2003 for $9.1 million. Costs of a seismic retrofit and converting the former bank and warehouse store into a state-of-the-art police facility brought the total project cost to $18.2 million.

Chief Russ Leach, Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Hart, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Chair Dr. Larry Geraty and state Senior Assistant Attorney General Louis Verdugo Jr., will speak at the half-hour ceremony, with City Councilmember Steve Adams as Master of Ceremonies.

WHAT: Grand Opening of Magnolia Policing Center
WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2006; ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
WHERE: 10540 Magnolia Ave., Riverside