The History Behind Protecting a Community

The History Behind Protecting a Community

When the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building was constructed it was designed to bring every emergency service department together in one facility. The police, fire and emergency responder units that are now all located in downtown Salt Lake City had to combine all of their equipment, evidence and file storage as well as department office space. However, unlike most public safety buildings or police stations, Salt Lake City also needed a storage area for their police and fire department museum archives.

Previously, all of the archives, documents and photographs were being stored in boxes and spread throughout the city in offsite storage warehouses. With cost of space at a premium, they wanted to avoid building an entirely separate warehouse alongside the public safety building. Faced with a unique opportunity, representatives at Spacesaver Intermountain, a certified Spacesaver distributor, worked with the architects to design a warehouse-type space within the basement of the public safety building.

Not only is there enough room for all of the existing archives but it also gives the police and fire department the opportunity to add on to their collection with any artifacts and documents that come their way.

Bill Silver, a detective at the Salt Lake City Police Department, gives museum tours that showcase not only the city but also the state of Utah’s history for the community. He assisted in the overall design of the public safety building and worked with the Spacesaver representative to plan out the museum storage space.

“We took two and half rooms of archives over from the old building and a couple of offsite collections from the fire department and combined them into one with storage and inventory capability that we didn’t have previously, “ Silver said.

The new designated storage space, along with Spacesaver shelving, also helps Silver and other officers to better catalog and organize the collection. With the previous storage spaces there was no system for cataloging or keeping track of each piece within the collection. Now every piece that is added to the collection gets a number for tracking and it’s own place on a shelf.

“We actually take pictures of the artifacts on the shelf to make sure nothing goes missing and it’s always in its place,” Silver said. “Then we know where each piece is located and where to find it.”

See more of the archive facility by watching the video on Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building!