Officials with the City of San Angelo and the San Angelo Police Department will address the need for a new police station in 2016.
The current station, a 45,000-square-foot structure at 401 E. Beauregard Ave., was built in 1963. Back then, SAPD had 90 employees total. Today, the police force has grown much larger. According to San Angelo City Manager Daniel Valenzuela, during weekday business hours alone, about 90 people are working in the building. Every space is being used in the building, records and evidence rooms are overflowing. Including its outlying locations, the SAPD occupies about 75,000 square feet total. Consultants have said the SAPD needs in excess of 100,000 square feet.
In a letter from the San Angelo Public Information office, Valenzuela said the current police station is landlocked and beyond salvaging as a police station but could be used for other city purposes. The plumbing, electrical and HVAC system are very old and are in need of repair and updating.
Cramped quarters at the station have forced Chief Tim Vasquez to move the narcotics, traffic and community services divisions to satellite locations, hampering the teamwork needed to practice the problem-oriented policing he has instituted.