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Ansonia police hoping for new station

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Channel 3's Matt McFarland got a look inside the old Ansonia police station, which the police chief said is an outdated building. (WFSB) Channel 3's Matt McFarland got a look inside the old Ansonia police station, which the police chief said is an outdated building. (WFSB)
ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

Ansonia voters will decide Tuesday if the town will get a new police station.

Channel 3's Matt McFarland got a look inside the old station, which the police chief said is outdated.

The department was originally a school.

The building's past is visible all the way to the top, along with the number 1894, which is the year it was built.

The decision to put the police station there was originally temporary.

But according to the chief, the biggest problem is that there is very little space.

"You'll notice the theme in this building is multi purposing every space that we have.  Every space is used for 2 or 3 different things," said chief Kevin Hale.

Hale said it's been a problem for as long as he's been on the force and it's only getting worse.

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether or not to borrow $12 million to build a new police station on Olson Drive.

Last month the department held two open houses for people to get an up close look.

The chief showed Channel 3 the Patrol Room, where roll call is held before each shift.

"At the same time you have three work stations for officers to type reports. There may be an officer here taking a statement from a victim at the same time this is occurring. At the same time an officer might be on a phone call with somebody else, officers are in and out. There is commotion," said Hale.

There are three old-fashioned holding cells with padlocks. IT, phone and radio equipment are spread out all over the building, with some in basements and others in closets.

Inside the men's locker room next door, bullet proof vests hung off the doors of old school lockers in order to dry out.

"We were getting water in that corner a few years ago and it was starting to chip off and it was asbestos," said Hale.

There is one shower for men and the women's locker room is all the way up on the third floor.

"We've got room for three female officers. If we hire a fourth, I'm not sure where I'm going to put her," said Hale.

Outside there is missing concrete and parking is very tight, even for cruisers.

"This building doesn't owe us a thing, but it's long past due. Time to move on," said Hale.

The proposal is one of eight questions on Tuesday's ballot. The chief said that if it doesn't pass, they'll have to continue to make due, but added that it will likely mean fixing problems as they come along.

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