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Safety center construction rolls along

With hard hats on and surrounded by the noise of construction, some community members got their first look at the Moffat County Public Safety Center Wednesday.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead gave a tour of the facility to an interagency group, which included members of the school district, the Craig Police Department, Craig Mental Health, the probation department, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Yampa Valley Partners and Moffat County Social Services.

With the framing and cinder blocks in place and most of the drywall installed, the layout is of the center is clear.

Entering the lobby, there are two large service windows on each side, one for the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and one for the Craig Police Department and Sheriff’s Department. The public entrance is large and well lit, with sunlight from a solarium above it.

One of the features of the building is an office right off of the lobby where members of the three law enforcement departments can interview people who come in to file a complaints.

Each of the three departments has its own administrative section in the building most are linked through common areas. For example, the records office, the locker rooms, the wellness area, the board-training room and evidence storage areas are shared by the departments. They make up the boundaries between each department’s administrative section.

The board-training room has a divider that allows the room to be separated into a disaster management area and a media room in the event of a catastrophic event. The huge storage closets are also noteworthy, Grinstead said.

“They will allow us to store all of the tables and chairs in them so we can conduct self defense and other active types of training,” he said.

The detox section features a room between the two cells with windows that allow one nurse to view both cells from behind secured glass.

In the rear of the building is the jail, where several architectural feature are evident. There is a port that resembles a covered vale port. Officers use this to book prisoners. Immediately outside the hallway that leads to the booking area is a cell for unruly prisoners.

“This allows us to just put the arrested person in here until they calm down,” Grinstead said. “It is a nice feature that helps protect everyone involved.”

There are two breathalizer rooms on the hallway that will be monitored by video surveillance. At the end of the hallway is a booking room with a large storage area for prisoner possessions and two large holding cells.

Past the booking room is a an administrative area and a strip-search room. There are two interviewing rooms divided by a smaller one that has windows looking into both rooms. It allows for both audio and visual recording while interviews are taking place.

The visiting area has four ports where visitors can see people through glass and speak with them on a phone. There is an area with a small opening that allows the passage of papers through for prisoner/attorney meetings.

Down a hallway are cells for long-term jail residents. They are set up in an half-octagon shape on two tiers. Maximum security cells are on the lower level and minimum security cells are on the upper level. This allows the main jail control center, which is elevated in the center of the half octagon, to view every cell but one.

The control center has a door in the ceiling that will allow the Special Response Team (SRT) to enter in case of a problem. Grinstead said every door in the secured area of the safety center is controlled through the control center. Any passage to the outside has two secured doors where only one opens at a time, making the facility more secure.

There is a large recreation room for prisoners, which has been equipped with all the necessary plumbing to add another series of cells if needed.

A large kitchen is located outside the jail. A loading door to the outside will allow for easy delivery of food and other items.

The interagency group was impressed with the tour saying, the facility has an efficient design, and it looks like every possible way of combining resources between the law enforcement departments has been taken.

“Everyone helped during the design phase and added some features that make the facility state-of-the-art,” said Jerry Hoberg, Moffat County undersheriff.