The Homestead Police Department invites the Homestead community to celebrate the opening of their Temporary Police Station with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 25th at 3:00 PM. The facility is located at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601 SE 28th Avenue—just 10 minutes from the old location on Krome Avenue. Attendees at the event will include Homestead Police Department Officers, Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle, and Mayor and City Council members.
The old police station presented several issues such as radon and mold contamination, outdated facilities, and other safety concerns. In fact, radon levels inside the old police station are five times higher than they should be and radon is the leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers. Additionally, when the building was first constructed in 1912, Homestead Police serviced only 121 residents. Today, Homestead has more than 60,000 residents. The old station is too small, ill-equipped for 21st century law enforcement, and fails to meet many FEMA and ADA standards.
Funding has been provided for the Temporary Police Station and a new Police Station due to the May 2014 Special Election. The vast majority of Homestead voters, 74%, voted in favor of the Bond for the new facilities. The temporary location will be the home of Police operations until the new station, to be located Downtown, is completed.