Shaun Menchaca, CEO of the Portneuf Health Trust, left, and Pocatello Police Chief Roger Schei Schei stand in the department’s new substation at 500 S. 11th Ave. The new substation space is provided at no cost to the Pocatello Police Department by the PHT.

The Pocatello Police Department has opened a small substation near the Idaho State University campus in space offered at no cost by the Portneuf Health Trust. 

Officers will use the 500-square-foot space, located at 500 S. 11th Ave., for routine duties such as completing reports and conducting interviews, according to a press release.

Police Chief Roger Schei said the health trust has also provided equipment for the new substation. He said the facility should help his department operate more efficiently. The department already has another substation located at 800 Yellowstone Ave.

“This will allow members of the department to be out in the community more because they can complete their reports and other duties at this location instead of returning to the main station," Schei said in the press release.

The city will be responsible for maintenance. 

“This space simply worked perfectly for the officers and our campus. It’s located in the Idaho State University neighborhood, it’s easy to access for the officers and, really, the whole community wins," Shaun Menchaca, chief executive officer of the Portneuf Health Trust, said in the press release. "We are pleased to be able to contribute the lease to the Pocatello Police Department and count them as a valued partner."