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Facebook Gets Lots Of ‘Likes’ For Saving Menlo Park’s Police Substation

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Menlo Park police cruiser drives through Belle Haven's shopping center, home to the future, Facebook-financed substation.

Menlo Park police cruiser drives through Belle Haven’s shopping center, home to the future, Facebook-financed substation.

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MENLO PARK (KPIX 5) — Facebook has been credited with saving lives, saving friendships, even saving pets. Now, Facebook has helped save Menlo Park’s police station — and is getting plenty of ‘likes’.

Menlo Park City Council members just approved a 3-year lease for a brand new police substation and publicly thanked Facebook for financing it to the tune of $215,000.

Police Chief Bob Jonsen said when Facebook employees heard the city needed money, they reached out to help.

The new cop shop will be located inside a shopping center in Belle Haven, a neighborhood just north of Highway 101. The social media giant is going to pay 75% of the rent until 2016, and has even chipped in design services to create an environment best suited for the needs of the community.

Belle Haven shop owners are ecstatic to have the police presence, and their business, too. Facebook’s headquarters is sure to be well-served, it’s less than half a mile away.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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