New Riverside County Sheriff’s Station Coming to Lake Mathews – Press Enterprise

Residents south of Corona won’t have to wait that long for deputies after the opening of a new Riverside County Sheriff’s Department station in the Lake Mathews area.

Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees approved a seven-year lease to open a new station in a business park being built on Latitude Way. The station will serve the unincorporated communities of Home Gardens, Coronita, Lake Hills, Woodcrest, El Cerrito, Temescal Valley, Lake Mathews and Gavilan Hills.

Those communities, which rely solely on the provincial government for most public services, are currently served by “three remote stations,” resulting in longer call response times, according to a report to supervisors signed by Sheriff Chad Bianco.

“I am very excited about the opening of the new Lake Mathews Station, which will allow the sheriff’s office to better serve the nearly 100,000 residents of Lake Mathews, Gavilan Hills, Woodcrest, Temescal Valley and El Cerrito,” Bianco said in a statement by email. e-mail. .

“This investment is years overdue and underscores the commitment of our board of supervisors and district administrators to better meet the law enforcement needs of our communities.”

Public safety and a desire for better police protection was the main request in a 2021 survey of unincorporated communities.

The county expects to pay about $386,000 a year to rent the 20,000-square-foot station. The lease is for seven years with an optional five-year extension, with the base rent increasing by 4% per annum.

The county plans to spend as much as $2.72 million to modify the station space and $1.7 million to furnish it. Another $311,000 is earmarked for computers and other technology.

Officials expect the new station to open in February or March of next year.

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