Strasburg Police Department hopeful for new headquarters building

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 11:24 PM EST
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STRASBURG, Va. (WHSV) - On Wednesday night, Strasburg Town Councill heard a proposal to purchase a building and turn it into the new Strasburg Police Department headquarters.

“An opportunity came available to purchase some property downtown here, the old Truist Bank,” Chief Wayne Sager of the Strasburg Police Department said.

Currently, Sager said the department is located in the basement of Strasburg Town Hall along with six other Strasburg offices.

Chief Sager said the town has been doing studies on the competence of the building such as structural integrity and HVAC.

Wednesday’s meeting included a public hearing for comments from residents, but Sager said the town council has been pushing to find the police department a new home.

“If we don’t have majority support, then we’re back to square one looking for space for the police department. But, if we get majority support, then we would move forward into the next planning phases,” Sager said.

While everyone who spoke at the meeting agreed that the police department needs a new space, not everyone thought the location was ideal.

“We also have the opportunity to make sure of a vacant building and not allow it to become an eye sore,” Melody Nixon, a Strasburg resident said.

She also mentioned that the parking lot could create opportunities for safety training for the officers and the community.

“What do we do every morning with the school traffic and all that? Do we really want them all coming out of that same parking lot?” Joe Shad of Strasburg asked.

Shad also had concerns about the cost of the building and how quickly the process was moving along.

The chief believes a new building will boost morale and recruitment for the Strasburg Police Department.

“They’re stuck in a basement. This building was not built to have office space in the basement so they’re down there. No windows. We do have some moisture issues and what we tried to work through with some mitigation,” Sager said.

During a time when many police departments are in need of officers, Sager hopes a new building will help attract more candidates.

”That’s going to mean a lot to the officers and hopefully in the future help with our recruitment and retention and boost overall morale with them,” he said.

There is no timeline for when the police department can move to the new building if this purchase is approved.

The council agreed to table the item until their next work session Tuesday, December 5th.