From Sex Toys to the LAPD

LAPD West Valley Mobile Station

You know you're in the Valley when real estate options are that old porn studio over there or the former sex toy manufacturing plant over there. Well, the LAPD went for the latter in a $37 million project to build a new station in Canoga Park on Schoenborn Street between Owensmouth and Canoga. The station is tentatively called Northwest Area Division.

The reason for this new station in the West Valley is getting officers to respond faster. With traffic, some officers are spending close to an hour round trip commuting to and from the current West Valley or Devonshire offices. That's valuable time for a police officer and it would best if it were not spent in gridlock. Maybe they should take a hint from Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and use Jet Packs!

The new station will also add 75 new officers to the Valley's 1,852 force, who serve 1.3 million people. Other LAPD projects in the Valley include a bomb squad building in Granada Hills and a bureau headquarters (we think for Valley Traffic) in Panorama City.

- LAPD responds to call for better service with new Valley station

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