The Fairfax City Police Department will be moving its headquarters this weekend to the John C. Wood Municipal Center, at 3730 Old Lee Hwy., to better accommodate the squad's 72 employes. According to Tom Welle, police spokesman, the department is moving from its current cramped offices beneath City Hall to the community center because it offers bigger and more efficient facilities.
"We'll have a new training room, a private conference room for suspects and victims and a bigger squad room," Welle said.
Currently department offices are scattered throughout a maze-like area that is split in the middle by a public hallway.
Welle added there also will be separate male and female locker rooms to accommodate the police department's one female officer, who now must use the building's public restroom facilities.
All police offices except the department's dispatch operators and files will be moved to the new location by Monday. The operators and record offices will remain at the current Armstrong Street headquarters until November when more modern communications equipment will be installed at the Wood Center.
City officials allow nonprofit civic organizations to use the center's five meeting rooms for club functions and other city-sponsored activities.
The current offices, built in 1962, were originally designed to house 21 police officers.