Sheriff’s Office Opens Video Visitation, Training Center, Nets $50K Power Rebate
November 29, 2012
A grand opening ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for a new Escambia County Sheriff’s Video Visitation and and Training facility near the Escambia County Jail, netting a rebate of over $50,000 from Gulf Power.
The facility has 60 stations for remotely visiting inmates housed in detention areas via audio and video equipment. Inmates’ visitors will use the video equipment rather than going to the jail where visits are currently separated by glass.
The building will house the Sheriff’s Office force on force, defensive tactics, and simulator training areas, a vehicle detailing area, a media center, training and meeting rooms, and offices.
A.E. New, Jr. Inc. was awarded the $3,919,200 project to convert an existing 31,000 square foot building on Leonard Street into the new facility.
Besides the rebate, the geothermal systems will save Escambia County in energy costs for months to come. The facility is estimated to save 40 percent on space conditioning — typically the largest energy consumer in buildings today.
The rebates – up to $500 per ton – are available for Gulf Power commercial and residential customers when they install a geothermal system at their home or business. Non-governmental customers also are eligible for a federal tax incentive.
The Video Visitation Center is located at 1190 West Leonard Street at the intersection of “H” Street and Leonard Street.
Pictured top: Keith Swilley, marketing manager for Gulf Power, County Administrator Larry Newsom and Sheriff David Morgan cut the ribbon on the ECSO’s new Video Visitation and Training building. Pictured top inset: The facility includes 60 stations for remotely visiting inmates housed in detention areas. Pictured below: A training area inside the facility. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.