The new Arlington Heights police station opened at 6:30 a.m. Saturday December 22, 2018 with a quiet opening that was complete with that new house smell.
Some finishing work was ongoing in the rear parking garage — which when open for operation — will keep active squad vehicles from being covered with snow or being exposed to other bad weather conditions. Police officers and desk personnel were adapting quickly to their new surroundings. There were still a lot of boxes to unpack Saturday morning.
The new police station has a new security layout that keeps operations areas separate from public access areas. Visitors don’t see police officers working in the background behind the public police desk as they did in the old building. The new police station is designed to be more secure than the old police station, which was easier to infiltrate by unauthorized intruders. Despite the improved security, the handsome architecture has a traditional look that is welcoming to the public — as welcoming as a police station can be anyway.
The larger police station is located in the same space as the previous police station at 200 East Sigwalt Street in Arlington Heights.
Public Service Officer and former Arlington Heights Police Officer Robert Coniglio was one of the first two public service officers to manage the police desk Saturday.
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