The political climate and demands on law enforcement personnel within the 21st century calls for the design of police stations that present conflicting design challenges. Community policing concepts suggest that stations be designed to be visually accessible and inviting to the public. Threat conditions often contradict this approach and call for a hardened, durable, and defensible building. This presentation provides attendees with insight into designing and developing an “Accessible Fortress” that engages the community and keeps departmental personnel safe. Key concepts reviewed include Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED); Effective Site Planning; How to Harden a Building: Materials & Systems Hardening, Internal Security & “Zoning” Concepts, and more.