The new and improved Rampart Community Police Station was unveiled this morning to a crowd of dignitaries, neighborhood leaders and community members. The audience cheered on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Ed Reyes, Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Police Chief William Bratton as they cut the ceremonial ribbon, inviting all to come in and tour the new station. The ceremony presided by Captain John Egan, Rampart Commanding Officer, included a presentation by Council District 1 Councilmember Ed Reyes and the proud announcement of Los Angeles City Engineer Gary Lee Moore that the new state-of-the-art facility had received the prestigious gold-certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Commenting on the station's open design and accessibility, Chief Bratton stated, "This station symbolizes the openness of this Department to work with and in the communities it polices."
In March 2002, the voters in Los Angeles passed a $600 million dollar public safety measure to improve, renovate and expand public safety facilities. The original Rampart Station was established in 1966 and was located at 2710 West Temple Street. The Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division serves communities to the west and northwest of Downtown Los Angeles, including Echo Park, Pico-Union and Westlake. Its name is derived from Rampart Boulevard, one of the principal thoroughfares in its patrol area. Rampart's 380 police personnel provide service to about 375,000 inhabitants in a compact eight-square-mile area.