Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies patrolling Duarte and unincorporated areas near Monrovia will no longer spend up to 40 minutes a shift traveling to the Temple City substation to report for duty.
The 30 deputies who cover those areas will be dispatched from a satellite station in Duarte that officially opened last night.
The city had a storefront operation in the Target Shopping Plaza. The storefront has now been closed but deputies will continue to provide services such as fingerprinting at the satellite station.
The new station at 1042 E. Huntington Drive has locker rooms, computers and a briefing area.
By cutting the travel time of deputies, the city will get about 3,000 police service hours a year at no extra cost, said Sgt. Steve Biagini, who is in charge of the new station. Biagini said response times would not be affected.
Biagini said the city was already paying the rent for both the storefront and the site of the satellite station. The city pays $1,800 in monthly rent and the owner of the complex paid for the remodeling needed to fit the needs of deputies.
Booking of prisoners, jailing, holding of evidence and dispatching of calls will still be done from Temple City, Biagini said.
The new station will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays.