Overview

West Richland is one of the safest communities in Washington. However, our community has grown 115 percent in 20 years and outgrown its current police facility. The West Richland Police Department is asking for funding for a larger facility to meet the public safety needs of a growing community.

Police departments are being closely scrutinized these days for compliance with best policing practices. Adequate space for daily operations will improve policing services and reduce liability for our taxpayers with a secure evidence room and armory. It also will provide space for officer training, community meetings and an improved kennel for animal control.

Background

The former police chief, Mike Noski, was on record 20 years ago as saying the current police facility was inadequate. Recently, a Police Facility Assessment Committee (independent of the city and police department) delivered their findings to the City Council after almost six months of work. Their recommendations mirrored those of an architectural firm, which developed plans for a larger facility earlier this year. Both reports can be viewed here:

Police Facility Assessment Committee Report
Integrus Police Facility Needs Assessment Report

Proposed Facility Site Plan
Proposed Facility Interior

Police Department Tour with Chief Ben Majetich

Process 

The city held three Town Hall meetings in October and November to share information with the community about the proposal for a larger police facility. The city provided a funding proposal for the community to review here:

Proposed Police Facility Bonding Financial Presentation.

The West Richland City Council will consider a resolution to place the bond proposal on the April Special Election ballot during its December 4 and 18 meetings (6 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, 3100 Belmont Blvd., Suite 100, West Richland). There will be additional public hearings and meetings to share information about the bond proposal before the April 23 Special Election, as well. You can find more information using the links below:

Media Releases

November 1, 2018

News Stories

Calculator

The cost and size of the project is similar to other cities our size. The following shows a property owner’s estimated cost for the proposed police facility with a bond of $0.42 per $1,000 of assessed value. Funding would be used for land acquisition, design, construction and outfitting the interior.

Link to calculator

Questions?

Police Chief Ben Majetich is available to answer questions at (509) 967-3425 or bmajetich@westrichland.org. Thank you