Any serious effort to preserve and enhance downtown Frederick will focus on keeping the city police department downtown. Carroll Creek park, the welfare agencies and their clients, the merchants and residents of downtown need the police nearby. That enables the police to be part of the downtown community, to know its people and be “on the spot” to promptly deal with issues downtown. The police department represents some 200 jobs that are important to the downtown economy.
City police have long since outgrown their space in the court complex and need new, larger and improved accommodation. The space between the back of the courthouse complex and the promenade of Carroll Creek Linear Park is the obvious location for new city police accommodations. This lot is county-owned and has been rejected on the argument that it is needed for future expansion of the county courts.
A major focus should be to get the city, the county, police and court officials together with park officials, and architects to examine a combined development plan that keeps the police and the courts together and houses them in premises which enhance and make use of Carroll Creek Linear Park. A phased plan for expanding police and court premises in this location as needed will be more affordable than present proposals to move the city police to a suburban location. It will also make for a much easier transition to new premises and keep the police adjacent to the courts they serve. A handsome set of buildings fronting the Carroll Creek promenades will be a major aesthetic and architectural improvement over the present surface car parking on the site.