On Saturday, June 14,
1997, Sheriff Sherman Block joined Mayor Harold Hofmann, the Lawndale
City Council, and a host of local residents to dedicate the new Sheriff's
Service Center . Following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, local officials
and residents were treated to a visual potpourri of informational displays
provided by a variety of community-based organizations and specialized
units from the Sheriff's Department.
Formerly a vacant Senior Center, the refurbished
facility, which took six months to complete, is now the primary source
for law enforcement services in the City of Lawndale. Approximately
29 Sheriff's Department employees, civilian and sworn, are working out
of the new location. Several programs, currently based at Lennox Sheriff's
Station, will now also be operating out of the Lawndale facility.
Sheriff Block stated that "Volunteers on
Patrol, Neighborhood Watch, and other community-based programs will
be based in the communities they serve, Furthermore," he continued,
"this new facility improves local access to law enforcement services
in the City of Lawndale." Residents will be able to file crime
reports, hold volunteer meetings, coordinate community activities, and
obtain advice or instructions at a location much closer to home.