West Baltimore Police Station Helps Officers, Engages Community

With the help of private donations, the Baltimore’s Western District police station has undergone a $4.5 million renovation that helps police officers take care of themselves and provides public space for residents to gather.

The station was the site of clashes between protesters and police after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody during 2015. The project was proposed a year later as a step toward mending the relationship between police officers and residents.

In addition to a gym for officers to work out, the building houses a room for community events. A garden with free wi-fi provides residents a place to congregate. Inspirational slogans and quotations are everywhere, including on the front steps, where the first African-American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is quoted: “In recognizing the humanity in our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”

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