Ansonia PD opens doors to public in hopes of getting new station

ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Ansonia Police are asking voters to come get a tour of their police station as they’re trying to get them to vote in their favor come November.

“You’re frustrated before you even get in the front door,” said Chief Kevin Hale about the very limited parking outside.

Once inside the converted school built in 1894, Hale says the problems pile up. A tiny bathroom turned into the juvenile holding cell. While the three cells for adults downstairs aren’t the safest for officers.

“The new ones have sliding doors, so you’re not pulling the door to you,” said Hale.

It can get crowded too.

Hale said after a big bust they’ve had 7 or 8 or 9 people in them.

He said, “We’re not looking for a 5 star hotel accommodation, but it has to be a decent accommodation for somebody.”

In the changing room, lockers are over 30-years-old and aren’t big enough to hang their lifesaving bullet proof vests inside. Upstairs, trash bins are ready for the hole in the ceiling caused by a broken air conditioning system.

“When it does work. It leaks,” said Hale.

That’s why the city is asking folks to tour the station. In November, voters will decide if the city will be allowed to take out an $18 million loan to pave roads and build a new police station

Hale said, “You see these little things they do have an impact on the way we operate.”

“Very embarrassed. I didn’t realize it was that bad,” said Town Clerk Janet Waugh, who took a tour Wednesday.

On the ballot this November is a referendum question asking residents if they want to borrow $12 million for a new police department. The chief says the new station would be more centrally located on Ohlson Drive. It will give them about 5,000 new square-feet and more than 50 new parking spaces. That’s why he wants folks to come out so that they make an informed decision on election day.

“They have a big decision to make in a couple of weeks and I want to make sure they have all the information they need,” said Hale.

At least 100 people toured the 122-year-old building. Tours will also be held October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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