Police Department, 2. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
In order to develop the public safety facility, the specifications and necessary criteria like site related systems, building systems, work-space analysis and related technologies, building interiors including layouts, furnishings, finishes and equipment, have been considered to formulate the basis of the design.
Demographics of the city of Pinellas Park: Pinellas Park is a city in the county of Pinellas, in Florida State. The city is situated 5 miles north of Saint Petersburg, and the nearest large city is Tampa. The total area of Pinellas Park is around 38.7 square kilometers, with approximately 19,500 households and a population density of around 1200 per square kilometer. According to the Bureau of census, US Department of Commerce, the population of the city since 1990 is as follows:
This represents a population growth rate of around 5% per decade. It is therefore decided to design a facility capable of serving a population of around 50,000,which will take care of the population growth in the next decade.
At present this department is divided into three divisions, namely Operations, Services and Investigations. Each division is commanded by a captain and is under the overall control of the Chief of Police. The recommended national average of police officers is 2.6 officers per 1000 residents. As per this recommendation, the desired strength of officers in this case will be around 130 officers. Currently, the patrol section, which is the largest component of the operations division of the Pinellas Park police department in terms of staffing, comprises of 14-officer level and 48 patrol staff. We can thus assume a support staff ratio of 3 per police officer. Hence the requirement for staffing is needed for 130 police officers and 390 support staff. As far as the space requirement is concerned, assuming 3 shifts of 8 hours, we will require to house around 44 officers and 130 support staff at any given time.
The housing requirement for the staff will be as follows:
1. Office of the police chief and his assistant staff: This will need an area of 500 sq. feet
2. 10 cabins of 200 sq. feet each for the senior officers.
3. A large hall of 3000 sq. feet for other officers.
4. A large hall of 3000 sq. feet for the support staff, assuming 50 % of the ground staff is on patrol duty.
Other Support Facilities: The following facilities are needed for the smooth operation
of the police department: Toilets and restrooms. (10 nos. @ 100 Sq. feet each = 1000 sq. feet)
1. Record room. (500 Sq. feet)
2. Locker room for the belongings of staff. (1000 sq. ft)
3. Hall for storage of arms and ammunition. (1000 sq. ft)
4. Interrogation room. (200 sq. ft.)
5. Conference hall. (1000 sq. ft)
6. Jail facility for detention of convicts. (1000 sq ft.)
7. Parking Area for fleet of transport vehicles. (5000 sq ft)
8. Control room with installation of communication facilities for organizing patrol and other duties. (500 sq. ft.)
If the parking area is considered separately, the building area necessary is around 14700
sq. feet. We can