Police chiefs from as far as Dumfries, Lynchburg and Masassas came to celebrate the formal dedication of the new Herndon Police Station last week.
During the presentation, area law enforcement officials were recognized by Herndon's Chief of Police Toussaint Summers Jr., including the chiefs of police from Falls Church, Fairfax, Masassas City, Loudoun County's Sheriffs Office and Leesburg, among other enforcement officials and former Herndon mayors Rick Thoesen and Del. Tom Rust (R-86).
With the community room filled to capacity and spill over into the foyer of the new station, Summers, Capt. Larry Presgrave and Mayor Michael O'Reilly discussed what it took during the five years and multiple Town Councils, to get the police into the new, 30,000-square-foot station.
"This dedication is about more than brick and mortar," said Summers. "It's a symbol of freedom of self-government."
Included in the new station is enough office space to house the police force — previously space was rented out around town to hold various departments. The new station provides a polygraph room, separate interview rooms, a workout facility and men's and women's locker rooms, an evidence crime lab, evidence holding room, K-9 kennels, motorcycle storage space, an office for the citizen support team and rooms for the community to reserve.