Annapolis, MD (June 14, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens along with County Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan officially opened the new Anne Arundel County Police sub-station, located in Laurel.
“This has been a long-time coming and we are so glad to offer this additional measure of security to our West County residents,” said County Executive Owens. “Last year when I learned office space was available, we determined it was a win-win situation. It was a cost savings to the taxpayers, and offers additional protection to our citizens.”
The new sub-station, officially named the Anne Arundel County Russett - Maryland City Community Office, is leased in a two story professional center. Officers can use the office space to write reports, use the telephone, and meet with citizens who are reporting crimes or witnesses in cases. Officers who patrol the Laurel area will not have to leave the area, and go back to Western Station in Odenton, to use the phone or write reports. This makes them immediately available at all times to respond to emergency calls in the Laurel area.
“The opening of the Laurel substation represents the police department’s commitment to providing the best police services possible to the communities and citizens of Laurel,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan.
Three to four officers from each shift will have access to the station during their tour of duty. Officers will not be staffed 24/7 for now, and the station is not a holding facility for prisoners.
There will be a phone in front of the office with a direct connection to the communication section, so if an officer is not at the sub station, a citizen can still report an incident.