NORTH HAVEN — After 18 months of construction, police have settled into their newly renovated building on Linsley Street.
The entire project cost approximately $18 million and included an 11,000 square foot addition and a new town-wide radio system, according to Kevin Glenn, deputy police chief.
The addition includes new sally ports, prisoner lockup and garage.
“The biggest improvement to the building is the space,” said Glenn in an email. “We added 11,000 square feet, and renovated the old building to use the space we had more efficiently. We brought all of our technology into one room, and created work-space for patrol officers and supervisors that they did not have in the past.”
Renovations were supposed to be completed in February 2019, but were delayed because of a late delivery of steel needed to complete the addition.
“When we moved in on July 15th, we were fully functional,” said Glenn. “There are minor things that are scheduled over the next few months.”
The “minor things” included masonry work on the outside of the building.
“A brand new police department from the ground up would have cost us $30 million to build. We decided, working with the police department, that it would be a renovate-to-new,” said First Selectman Michael Freda. “The original police department, which was built in 1965, was highly antiquated. We support our police department 100% here. We wanted them to have the best available facility.”
The department held a decommissioning ceremony on Aug. 25. In attendance were current and retired officers, town officials and members of the community.
“I was most excited to see a state of the art facility that North Haven Officers can enjoy for many years to come,” said Glenn. “The men and women of this agency do an exceptional job serving our community. It is great to see them operate in a facility that they deserve.”