BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Brunswick Police have a new home -- a brand new police station. It's a dramatic change in both size and location for the department, and from the chief on down, the department is more than ready for it to happen.
The new police station is big and bright, and very visible to the public. That's a real change from the current station located in the basement of the town office.
The new, $5.5 million building is on the corner of Route 1 and Pleasant Street, one of the busiest traffic spots in town. The building has lots of space for dispatch, for patrol officers and their supervisors, detectives. Chief Richard Rizzo says he's heard lot of good comments about the new station...from the 48 people who will work there, and from Brunswick residents.
"The positive is that the neighborhood came in in droves when we talked about it," said Rizzo. "A lot of people came in and said this would be a great location for a police station. They don't mind in fact they want the station as a neighbor, we're a good neighbor."
Brunswick Police still needs to install the dispatch equipment and the 911 communications system. That will happen next week. While they move the 911 gear, Brunswick's emergency calls will be switched to another dispatch center in Windham. But the Chief says the public won't see any difference. Those calls will be quickly handed off to local dispatchers once they're connected and service will go from there.