Monday May 5, 2014 – LAPD command staff, civilian personnel and city officials gathered today in the parking lot of Northeast Station for the ground breaking ceremony of the new and much needed police station. Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur presided over the ceremony which included guest speaker council members Mitch O’Farrell, Gilbert Cedillo, Tom La Bonge, Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, Chief Charlie Beck, Northeast Commanding Officer Jeffrey Bert, and Interim City Engineer Deborah Weintraub.
“Today we celebrate the birth of a new police station on the same day we mourn the death of two fine police officers,” said Chief Beck with a heavy heart remembering Officer Roberto Sanchez who was killed in a traffic collision while on duty in the Harbor Area and Officer George Nagata who passed away from a heart attack.
The City acquired the building in 1982. In 1983 the LAPD inhabited the property outgrowing the facility a year later.
“Once you leave that station you are no longer safe. Once you leave that station your fate is in your own hands but we need to give you a secure place to work. We need to give you a place where you can feel not only at home but safe, added Chief Beck.”
The construction of the new police station come from Proposition Q, the City wide public safety bond measure for $600 million to improve, renovate, expand and construct Public Safety Facilities.