The Key West Police Department is putting out a big welcome mat for an open house at the police station at 1604 North Roosevelt Boulevard this Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“This will be an opportunity to showcase our beautiful facility, personnel and department resources,” Chief Bill Fortune said. Officers and civilian employees will be taking visitors on guided tours throughout the facility, explaining what they are seeing and how some of the more technical equipment functions.
Highlights include the city’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center, a look at the $1.4 million computerized communications room, the briefing room with its display of “Wanted” posters and the fitness room. Motorcycles, a police boat, a bicycle patrol team and the Crime Scene Investigation van, with all its equipment and the department’s CSI, all will be on hand outside in front of the building for a close look.
Gracing the second floor corridors is a new, permanent exhibit of 75 photos of Monroe County native wildlife, birds, plants, marine scenes and panoramic scenes of land and water as reminders of the spectacular beauty of the area. The digital archival images were taken by Michelle Wisniewski and are a gift from her and the framer, Artist Warehouse, Rudy Marn, Winston Machado, the Police Department, Florida Keys Audubon Society, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts.
The first floor corridors feature dramatic photographs of officers on the job, taken by Sgt. Scott Smith. The city’s Art in Public Places committee helped with the selection of the design and funding the fountain at the entrance to the station while the student-artists from the Ceramics Department at Florida Keys Community College donated their skills and services in its materials and construction.
In addition to parking at the station, visitors may park conveniently on Jose Marti Drive, across from the east end of Bayview Park. They can walk across the arched footbridge through the mangroves to the station.