In January of 2013, the police department moved into the new police facility centrally located at 2745 Walnut Avenue. The new facility was designed to serve Signal Hill for decades to come. The Strategic Priority of “Maximize use of Technology to Enhance Effectiveness” identified within our 2012 Strategic Plan helped to guide the expanded use of technology within the new facility. Of note is use of a video visitation system within the facility’s lobby utilized to facilitate visitation with persons detained with the detention facility without having to remove the person from the security of the detention facility or bring the visitor into the detention facility.
A robust and redundant computer network was developed with secure servers to store digital/electronic evidence, including video and audio from officers’ in-car camera systems, digital data from Automated License Plate Readers and the Records Management Systems.
The new police facility is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver Award” qualified building, and has integrated solar electricity panels which help lower it’s carbon footprint. The facility was built as an Essential Services Building; “designed and constructed to minimize fire hazards and to resist the forces of earthquakes, gravity and winds,” so as to provide essential services to the public after a disaster. Contained within the new police facility is a State of the Art Emergency Operations Center or EOC. An EOC is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness and emergency management, or disaster management functions at a strategic level in an emergency situation, and ensuring the continuity of operation of your local government.
City staff led by members of the police department are trained in the Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) required by State and Federal regulations. In both 2012 and 2013, the City of Signal Hill participated in the California Annual Great Shakeout Exercise which includes an evacuation drill for all city facilities, a roll call, as well as an inspection of city facilities. Should a major disaster occur, staff will activate and operate