Deputies serving rural Loudoun have a new base of operation.
County and town leaders this morning celebrated the opening of the Western Loudoun Sheriff’s Station in Round Hill.
The building includes office and roll call space, as well as a community room, exercise equipment and secured parking.
Planning for the $8.2 million facility began in 2008, following voter approval of a 2007 bond referendum. Sheriff Mike Chapman noted that the project overcame many hurdles as area residents and town and county leaders debated the size, design and location of the center, culminating in a 2012 Board of Supervisors vote to proceed.
“Much like the landscape of western Loudoun, rolling hills, there were a lot of ups and downs with this project,” Chapman said. “We wanted to make sure that western Loudoun residents had the same level of services as those in eastern Loudoun, Dulles South and Ashburn.”
For the past 27 years, western Loudoun deputies have operated in leased space on the second floor of the Round Hill Town Office on Main Street.
Speakers during Saturday morning’s dedication ceremony included County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Supervisors Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin), Round Hill Mayor Scott Ramsey, U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10th) and Capt. Greg Ahlemann, who commands the station. They highlighted the Sheriff’s Office’s focus on working with the community to address public safety concerns and praised the work of those serving in law enforcement, here and around the country.
“They’re not all perfect, but they do a good job and they do it every day,” Randall said.
It is the third of four planned regional Sheriff’s Office stations. Others are the Dulles South Public Safety Center and the Eastern Loudoun Station. The Ashburn station is under construction in the One Loudoun neighborhood.
The Western Loudoun Station is located at 47 W. Loudoun Street.