Banning Police Station Lobby Now Open 36 Hours A Week

The lobby used to only be accessible 8 hours a week.

Residents looking to address issues with the Banning Police Department can now do so nearly every day of the work week.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 10, the lobby to the police department will be open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., "...in order to better serve the needs of our community," police tell Banning-Beaumont Patch.

The lobby was previously only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to noon.

For information on the new hours of operation or for information on services offered at the Banning Police Department Lobby, please contact the Banning Police Department at (951) 922-3170 or banningpolice@ci.banning.ca.us

Washy February 10, 2014 at 07:24 PM
So a boat load of taxpayer money was dumped into a building that will be closed to the public more then 2/3s of the week?
a litttle justice February 10, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 to 5. 36 hours for the public to conduct business is a pretty good start as far as access is concerned.
ATC February 10, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Washy, contrary to what the story claims, Banning's $14 million police station has, since it was built, only been open to the public for 3 hours per week. It has been a long time source of annoyance to the residents who are paying doubled water rates to pay for the building. Kudos to the new chief! Huge step in the right direction. Now perhaps we get rid of the red curb along the entire front of the building so people can park there and actually use the front doors rather than have to find their way around to the back side of the building...
Carol Stull February 11, 2014 at 01:04 AM
ATC - wished it was only $14M as that just covered the building. Another $2M was spent to make it state of the art tech wise. I wish Chief Diaz would have an open house with tours so folks could see how really lavish this Taj Mahal is on the inside with built in officer perks.
Jeremiah February 11, 2014 at 01:37 AM
Progress is being made. We are seeing a cooperation between the PD, the citizens and the City Council that hasn't existed before. Both are reaching out to the citizens for ideas. We have a situation right now where one of the City Council members has asked the public how they feel concerning locating the Parole/PD and DA's offices smack in the middle of downtown. The response was an overwhelming "no, it doesn't belong there". Unfortunately there is a rift in the council between members who want the public involved in their decisions and a few who adamantly want that development. So Don Peterson, who appears to truly be asking the citizens he represents what they want, has asked all who can attend to attend and vociferously let the entire Council know what they have already responded to him. I will be there, and I will be asking how come if one council member can reach out to the citizens the others can't. **** Jeremiah
Alex Diaz February 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Thank you everyone for all of your comments, we are working diligently to better serve the needs of our community. If anyone has any questions, concerns, or ideas on how we can improve as a department, please let us know.
Jeremiah February 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Alex - Thank you for the changes you are making and the new attitude by both you and the council of asking citizens participation and help. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era where we all work together to solve problems rather than point fingers and attempt to lay blame for things which happened under a different council and a different chief. **** I speak to a lot of people in Banning and the consensus of opinion is that you are doing a good job and are highly respected. **** Jeremiah


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