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Claremont Colleges to donate $750,000 to new police station

The Claremont Colleges announced late Thursday afternoon it will contribute a one-time donation of $750,000 toward the proposed police station.

The contribution was announced in a joint release from the city and the Colleges. The commitment is contingent on the passage of Measure SC, the release said.

“The Colleges and the city of Claremont have had a long standing and successful partnership through the years,” Claremont Colleges Services CEO Stig Lanesskog said in the release. “We appreciate the opportunity to help contribute towards a very important project that will benefit the community.”

The amount was identified during meetings of the Police Facility Ad Hoc Committee last year, when the Colleges revealed it would only contribute a percentage to the bond equal to the amount of calls for service to the Claremont Police Department. The average number of calls over a four-year period amounted to around three percent,.

“The contribution from the Colleges reinforces the importance of our public safety services and the necessity of providing a facility that meets the needs of a modern police force,” Claremont City Manager Tara Schultz said in the release. “We want to thank the Claremont Colleges for their continued partnership with the city.”

The COURIER will report more on this in next week’s edition.

—Matthew Bramlett

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