New Police Department Building Status
In 1991, the Village of Oswego built a new police station on Route 34. At the time, the building was designed to accommodate approximately 50 employees. Come the year 2016, that threshold has been surpassed by almost 20 employees. The Oswego Police Department currently employs 68 full and part-time employees along with numerous volunteer auxiliaries, including police explorers and citizen police academy association alumni. Personnel numbers have been projected to reach 170 by the year 2040.
In 2008, the Village originally conducted a space needs assessment for a new police facility. Due to the economic downturn at that time however, discussions were placed on hold. The topic of a new police facility was again presented to the Village Board in 2014 and after about a year of discussing the proposed upgrade, the Village rehired the same consulting firm, McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie of Wheaton (MWL), in 2015 to update the previous space needs assessment as well as assist in budget projections and evaluate site locations for a new police facility. The firm, which specializes in public safety facilities, has done similar planning for several agencies in Illinois, including Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and Sugar Grove.
After surveying four sites, a 16 acre lot, located off of Woolley Road, was purchased by the Village for $205,000. The new policy facility will be located adjacent to Oswego Fire Protection District Station 1 on Woolley Road and is intended to be a public safety campus with areas that will be available for public use as well.
In addition to signing on MWL, the board approved contracts with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK) to serve as their design engineers on the project as well as with Gilbane Building Company as the construction management company. The two companies have been working closely on the project with village and police department staff. According to the plan, 60-percent of the project’s budget will be funded by non-Oswego residents through sales taxes.
We recognize that many people may be eager to see the building’s design as well as monitor the status of the project through completion. We will be updating this page with designs, plans and pictures as they become available in an effort to be forthcoming and transparent to the citizens of the Oswego community.