The grand opening of the new Los Banos Police station will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the event at 1111 G St., just west of the Merced County Superior Court building, in an area that years ago was the site of cantaloupe sheds.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours of the new facility. It will also be an opportunity for community members to meet with the Los Banos Police Department staff.

“The grand opening,” said Los Banos Police Chief Gary Brizzee, “represents the culmination of years of planning and the support and commitment from current and previous city council members to make the new station a reality, along with the strong support of the community.”

The project started with Los Banos voters approving Measure P in 2004, which dedicated tax dollars to fund the new police station.

“I appreciate,” Brizzee said, “that Los Banos residents and officials understand that a modern, fully equipped police station is vital for ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.

“This state-of-the-art facility,” he added, “is a testament to the community’s commitment to law enforcement and its unwavering support for the men and women who serve and protect the city of Los Banos.”

The new facility was designed by Shaw Kawasaki Architects with Swinerton Builders as the design-build contractor and the firm Vanir providing construction management.

“This grand opening celebration,” Brizzee said, “would not have been possible without the incredible support and hard work of city staff who have worked on, and contributed to, this project for the past several years.”