The North Park Police Department is now open for business at a new location after sharing a building with the North Park Fire Department for 15 years. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes said the new location is 44 East 2200 North in North Logan.
“It’s right behind the Lewiston State Bank on Main Street and 2200 North,” Hawkes explained. “There is a little strip mall. We’re in Suite C to the south end of that.
“We’ll be in that for about a year and then looking forward to building our new building and being able to move into that next summer.”
The police chief says officers have been working to make alterations and improvements at the new location. It hasn’t been decided how the new police department building will be funded. Chief Hawkes says he agrees with North Logan Mayor Lloyd Berentsen that it should be done without putting the city into debt.
In addition to his responsibilities as North Park Police Chief, Hawkes is a DARE teacher at several schools in the Cache County School District. He was with the Logan Police Department when he became the first DARE teacher in the area more than 20 years ago.
So why does Chief Hawkes continue to support the DARE program?
“Not only is it just the time you spend in the classroom,” Hawkes said, “but you spend time on the playground and at lunch interacting with students on a variety of different levels. You become an additional adult in their life that they see cares about them.
“That is a positive thing in the lives of these young people. We are teaching very appropriate and needed material to help them make good, safe and responsible decisions in their lives.”
DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Hawkes said there are three different curricula: for elementary, middle school and high school students.