UToledo, Ohio State Highway Patrol to Break Ground on Public Safety Center

November 13, 2019 | Events, News, UToday
By Christine Billau

The University of Toledo and Ohio State Highway Patrol have partnered together to build a new shared police facility on the southwest corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road to increase public safety and serve the community.

Leaders will break ground on the $6.5 million project Friday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m.

This rendering from Richard L. Bowen & Associates Inc. of Cleveland shows what the new Safety Center may look like when fnished. Slated to open in 2020, the building at the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road will house the UToledo Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Safety Center, which will be located on vacant land owned by the University across the street from campus, is expected to be completed in December 2020.

It will replace the UToledo Police Department offices in the Transportation Center and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s post on Airport Highway near Swanton.

The combined facility will have separate spaces for each department, but the agencies will share some areas, such as training rooms, interview rooms and in-custody processing space.

“We saw an opportunity to be more cost-effective and build one state-of-the-art facility together, instead of two separate buildings,” UToledo Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “Our new space will accommodate about 100 employees and provide more comfortable meeting space for those in need of police services; improved processing, management and storage of evidence; and better officer-wellness features like a fitness area and locker rooms with showers.”

“Projects like this illustrate the power of partnerships and collaboration,” Col. Richard Fambro, superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said. “Together we can keep making a difference in the lives of others and have a positive impact on everyone we serve.”

The Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are contributing $2.75 million to the project, and the University is contributing $3.75 million.

“This partnership is very important to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and me, and we are appreciative of our strong relationship with The University of Toledo,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath.

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