The Highland Park Police Station Headquarters, 222 South Fifth Avenue, has gotten a transformative facelift thanks to major renovations which were officially revealed to the public on Nov 2, 2014. The former police headquarters was a one-story facility that was last renovated in the 1950s.
The new police station, a two- floor facility, offers more space for the police officers, updated equipment, and better communication resources. Since the new police station is an expansion of the old police station, the Highland Park Police Department has been operating while the renovations were going on for the past year.
The architect for the project is Eli Goldstein of the Goldstein partnership, based in Maplewood, NJ. Known for its sustainable design projects, the Goldstein Partnership has a legacy of environmentally responsible projects that date back to the late 1950s.
The extra space will improve the overall functions and efficiency of Highland Park law enforcement and allows for the force to become larger. A new female police officer Alaina Giles was sworn into office by Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler on Sept.2, 2014.
Ms. Giles is the newest addition to the force, and although other women do work for the police department, Ms. Giles is the only female officer who works in the Patrol Division, which is composed of 21 police officers. According to the police chief, the police department is open to hiring more officers both male and female in the future, provided such hirings are within its budget.