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Ribbon Cutting for New Kennewick Police Station

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Kennewick --  Dozens of people crowded onto West 6th Avenue in Kennewick Thursday.   They were there to make the opening of the new police station official.   And the ribbon they cut was actually crime scene tape.  Why?  The police chief was succinct in saying, "Because we ARE the police."

The ceremony was full of humor.  Kennewick Mayor Jim Beaver enjoyed a laugh at the police department's expense, saying:

"They are committed to our safety.  Ummm, so if you get a ticket sometimes, they are still  committed to your safety."  And the crowd of close to 150 was generous with it's laughter and applause throughout the 40 minute event. 

The new building is 45 thousand square feet; and that is 28 thousand square feet bigger than the old police department on Dayton.  There is a secure lobby, the technology is top of the line, and Police Chief Ken Hohenberg says the station is equipped with new equipment most stations already have.

"We have refrigerated lockers so when you have to store blood evidence or other evidence of a crime that has to be refrigerated.  These are just some real basic things, but we didn't have these in our old building."

The facility not only has more room for offices than the old building, but it also has an exercise room, and locker rooms for men and women.

Hohenberg says that the public is welcome to visit.  Official tours are scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.