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Expanded Page Detention Center Officially Opens

Expanded Page Detention Center Officially Opens
October 13
15:38 2021

Expanded Page Detention Center Officially Opens

“This is a long time coming.”

Those were the words of Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll on Wednesday as he oversaw the Page Detention Center Expansion ribbon-cutting.

The Sheriff said that he had wanted to have this level of a facility built long ago, but the money wasn’t there.

“The past several years the money has become available and we were able to make this happen,” said the Sheriff.

It cost 4.2 Million dollars to get this built.

The original part of the detention facility opened 21-years ago. Sheriff Driscoll said essentially, they had out-grown the place.

The new facility has 48-beds. It does not have extended services like the county jail in Flagstaff.

“This is designed to be a 72-hour holding,” he added.

The building on this expansion started last November.  The work was done by Kinney Construction Services out of Flagstaff. Sheriff Driscoll expressed how pleased he is with their work.

“This expansion includes a dedicated video courtroom, a training conference room, additional parking and some office spaces,” said the Sheriff. “But more importantly the facility offers more security for this community.”

An enclosed sally port will provide safety when inmates are coming or going.

“And arresting agencies now have a more secure facility, and a way for them to bring people into the jail.”

The new place has additional video surveillance, too, around the entire facility.

The sheriff also mentioned that the new courtroom provides more security for both inmates and staff.

“To have over a hundred workers from this community, working here, helps our local economy,” said Sheriff Driscoll.

Among those on hand for the ceremony Wednesday was Coconino County Chief Deputy Bret Axlund, who for a long time ran the detention center here in Page for the Sheriff’s Office.

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