For nearly 30 years, the Waterloo Regional Police’s Division 3 has been housed in a century-old building on Erb Street. It will still be another year and a half before they move into their new digs on the corner of Columbia and Weber Streets, the site of the old La-Z-Boy factory. Parking has always been an issue at their current location. The other problem with the current building, is when police are transporting prisoners in and out of the building they have to go in and out of the same entrance that employees walk in and out of. The new building will have a “sally port” – a secure entrance sets use specifically for moving prisoners from police cruisers into the booking area.
Built in 1878, the current home of Waterloo’s Police Division 3 was once an insurance company. Regional police took over in 1991, but quickly outgrew it. It’s unknown what the region plans to do with the building, once it’s vacated in two years time.