August 23, 2004
The security system protecting Chandler police headquarters will get a high-tech face lift to match the security of other city buildings.
City officials said the current system is outdated and has cost extra money in frequent repairs and maintenance since it was installed.
"It will definitely eliminate maintenance costs on the existing system, and we expect it will provide the city cost savings in the long run," said Chandler police Sgt. Mark Franzen.
The City Council earlier this month approved $168,000 to upgrade the security system installed in the building when it was built in 1998.
The upgrade will replace all keypad entry systems that access different parts of the building.
It also will better connect the several surveillance cameras monitoring the building to the closed-circuit televisions.
Whenever an alarm goes off in the building, the closed-circuit TVs will automatically link to the camera in that area.
"The police department is the first line of defense in our community, and it is vital that our police facilities maintain an adequate level of security," Franzen said. "When the station was built in 1998, the city didn’t have a standard as far as security. This will upgrade to that standard to make it consistent with all city security systems."
The new security system was installed in the department’s new property and evidence wing built last year, and it is included in the blueprints for a substation to be built this fall at Chandler and Desert Breeze boulevards.