A tour of the new Yreka Police building under construction was held on Friday morning, with United Sates Department of Agriculture California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann in attendance.

A tour of the new Yreka Police building under construction was held on Friday morning, with United Sates Department of Agriculture California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann in attendance. USDA Rural Development provided a $3 million loan to finance the police station remodel.


Vann was joined by other USDA staff, as well as YPD officers, Yreka City Council members and District 4 Supervisor Lisa Nixon. According to a recent press release, Yreka May Joan Smith Freeman noted, “Providing a modern, safe, efficient and secure police station for the community has been a top priority for the Yreka City Council for quite some time.


“It has taken a long time to get to this point. This building will provide a modern facility that the Yreka Police Department can operate from for decades to come. We thank the USDA for working with the City to finance this important building project.”


On Friday, Yreka Police Chief Brian Bowles thanked a number of people for their involvement with the project, as well as the citizens of Yreka. He noted that he did not believe the station remodel would be happening without the passage of Measure C, which put 1/2 percent of sales tax within the city toward paying for certain essential city services, like law enforcement funding.


Vann noted, “These are the types of projects we love to do,” and added, “I couldn’t be more impressed with the Chief [Bowles] for his planning and saving.”


 The new Yreka Police Station will be located at 1400 Fairlane Road in Yreka, in what was previously a multi-tennant, multiple use building.


A number of interior spaces will be created, including interview rooms, dispatch, records and evidence storage, staff offices, a squad room, an emergency operations and training room, an armory and an exercise room.
Bowles noted that the new facility will include a sexual assault room to interview victims of sexual assault. He explained that that room as well as the two additional interview rooms will be for use by any county agency, 24 hours a day.


A press release noted that work on the building is progressing and the contractor – Robert Nichol Construction, based out of Anderson, California – is planning to be finished ahead of schedule, around mid-November.