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Oct. 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicates 34,000-square-foot facility honoring fallen officer Robert Libke

COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon City Officer Robert Libke's widow and daughter, Wendy and Ziva Libke (middle), joined members of the city commission, the city manager and police chief in cutting the ribbon on the new OCPD headquarters.Oregon City Police Department hosted an Oct. 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 34,000-square-foot Robert Libke Public Safety Building at 1234 Linn Ave., also the new home of the Municipal Court.

Libke, who in 2013 was shot and killed while responding to a house fire on Linn Avenue, was honored again during the ceremony officially opening the facility to the public. A select list of attendees paid homage to the fallen officer at the event by unveiling his bronzed boots, an effort led by Oregon City community members and a local artist.

In attendance at the ceremony were Libke's widow and daughter, Wendy and Ziva Libke, members of the city commission, representatives of FFA Architecture, P&C Construction, PlanB Consultancy and city staff.

"This ribbon-cutting ceremony is our first step in the new legacy of our department and our service to the residents of Oregon City," said Police Chief James Band. "This building will be a beacon of safety for our community for years to come."

COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon City's Robert Libke Public Safety Building opened this month at 1234 Linn Ave.Band, who received an award from city commissioners for his efforts on the project, worked with citizens and architects on a police-station design that highlights a glass facade to communicate transparency and put people at ease as they visit police officers or the court.

The building features private interview rooms and separate entrances for suspects and victims. The building's new courtroom will function as a city commission chambers and an emergency operations center. Cross-laminated timber used in building the police station is among its sustainable features.

In 2014, city commissioners approved purchasing the shuttered Mt. Pleasant Elementary School from Oregon City School District at the site of the future police station. Although the school was demolished to make way for the new structure, an arch window from the elementary was retained as part of a memorial to the school.

In 2017, Oregon City voters approved a $16 million revenue bond measure to build a police headquarters replacing OCPD's current 1960s building at 320 Warner Milne Road that fails to meet state standards. Essential needs facilities will be required to meet seismic standards by the year 2022.

In the months ahead, the Oregon City Police Department anticipates inviting the public to the Robert Libke Public Safety Building through online, virtual tours. Police and court operations fully transferred to the new location on Oct. 2 and phone numbers changed: OCPD is 503-905-3501; Code Enforcement is 503-905-3665; and Municipal Court is 503-905-3675.

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