Facebook To Subsidize, Help Design New Substation For Menlo Park Police Department

Facebook is assisting the Menlo Park (Calif.) Police Department in its establishment of a new substation in the Belle Haven neighborhood, just 0.3 miles from the social network’s headquarters.

Menlo Park-Atherton Patch reported that the company will subsidize the cost of renting the space, and it will also help design the new substation.

Chief of Police Robert Jonsen told Patch Facebook employees reached out upon hearing that the department was seeking an improvement over its existing substation, adding:

We want the new substation to be a place where people of all ages can feel comfortable.

Jonsen told Patch he expects the Menlo Park Police Department to gain access to the site by June 15, after which it will take about 90 days to renovate the space.

Sequoia Realty Services Commercial Division Manager Anthony Kamm told Patch:

Commander Dave Bertini and Police Chief Robert Jonsen carefully selected 871 Hamilton Ave. as the site of Belle Haven’s new safety hub because of its accessibility and visibility from Hamilton Avenue, Willow Road, and Bayfront Expressway.

Readers: Does Facebook’s involvement in the new police substation surprise you?

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