New sheriff’s facility ceremony

The County of Madera will celebrate the completion of its new 27,000 square-foot Sheriff’s Office Headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 26. Guided tours will take place from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., and the event is open to the public.

The new facility is located at 2725 Falcon Drive, Madera. Its construction was made possible through an innovative public-private partnership between the County and Spencer Enterprises, Inc.

“Our new, state-of-the-art facility not only propels the Madera County Sheriff’s Department into the (this) century, it also allows for the consolidation of all sheriff’s office functions under one roof,” said Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney. “This consolidation will help to better facilitate law enforcement operations and streamline processes.”

Features of the new facility include an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where the latest in interactive display technology will give the County the ability to efficiently and effectively manage large-scale disasters. It also includes a new Dispatch Center that is equipped to grow with the County, state-of-the-art evidence storage technology, as well as a high-tech security system.

“This facility is testimony to our County’s unwavering commitment to public safety and emergency preparedness as a top priority,” said David Rogers, Chairman of the Board of the Supervisors. “Features such as the new EOC will only improve disaster response efforts since multiple agencies will now be able to coordinate a response from one centralized location.”

“We invite the citizens of Madera to come out to view this new facility which should serve them well over the next 50 years,” Varney added.

- Madera County Sheriff’s Department