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New Thermal Sheriff’s Station


By Robert Winkler
The Desert Independent

April 14, 2012

THERMAL, Calif – The new Thermal Sheriff’s Station located at 86-625 Airport Blvd. has been established to increase the Riverside law enforcement presence in the growing eastern Coachella Valley. The new station is 77,000-square-foot and is the headquarters for 161 sheriff’s deputies and staff and 57 volunteers serving the contract cities of Coachella and La Quinta and the unincorporated communities of Bermuda Dunes, Chiriaco Summit, Mecca, North Shore, Oasis, Sun City Palm Desert, Thermal, Vista Santa Rosa and many other unincorporated communities in its large service area.

The station was built on 20 acres of valuable land donated by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. Proximity to Interstate 10, State Route 86 and Grapefruit Boulevard/Highway 111 made it a suitable choice to replace the cramped Indio Sheriff’s Station located at 82-695 Dr. Carreon Blvd.

“This new facility is an excellent example of a successful partnership,” said Christopher McGuire, vice president of programs for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “The land gift was just the beginning; from there, the county was able to create an exemplary sheriff’s station that will meet our community's public safety needs as it continues to grow.”

The $42 million project includes a forensics laboratory, 12,000-gallon fueling station for Sheriff’s Department vehicles and a 12,000-square-foot hangar, helipad and approximately 7,000 square feet of office and aviation maintenance space for the aviation division.



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