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Delmar Police Moving to Brand New Station

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The interior of the new Delmar Police Department building. (Photo: WBOC) The interior of the new Delmar Police Department building. (Photo: WBOC)

DELMAR, Md.- The Delmar Police Department is soon going to move into its brand new station, something that officers believe is much needed. The new location is just three blocks away from the former location on Pennsylvania Avenue and cost the town, which straddles both Maryland and Delaware, approximately $950,000 to build.

Officers said the change was needed because the old station was falling apart. And the new one is like night-and-day for those who are going to be working there. The building which is expected to be open in the next couple months is more than twice the size of the former one, and has been completely modernized.

Although the town is paying for the construction of the station, the police department will be responsible for all other funding for what's going to be inside. Already, the town has spent $45,000 on furniture for the station, including brand new cubicles.

Robert Harris has been an officer at the station for just about a year, and said that the new project is worth every penny. He said that the space had been a serious issue at the department's old location.

"We have two officers with no cubicles," he said. "They have no place to go, no place to sit down and do a report. They do it out here and this is also where we eat our lunch. And question our prisoners and process evidence and it's all in one area."

The dilapidated building also had some serious structural problems inside. The walls were chipped and battered, the floors were peeling and the ceiling was caving in.

The new location has cells, which is a big change for the department. Currently, prisoners are placed on a bench in the main room, where they are strapped into handcuffs. Also added to the station are two interrogation rooms, and a gym that costs approximately $100,000. The gym was donated by Diamond Dreams.

Harris said he is thrilled that they have the new station, but that it is bittersweet to leave the old one.

"What we're leaving behind is, well, there's a lot of good memories here," he said. "However it's time to move on. We've outgrown this building. We probably outgrew this building 20 years ago."

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