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Berlin Police Dept. to Receive New Facility

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BERLIN, Md.- Plans are under way to have a new facility built for the Berlin Police Department, which operates out of the same building as Berlin's Town Hall.

If you are ever looking for the police station in America's "Coolest Small Town," you will know you are close once you reach the Town Hall building at the corner of William and Bay streets. The police department works out of  2,000-square-feet of space at the opposite end of the building.

Lt.Robert Fisher took WBOC on a tour of the station. The space is quaint. Once you get through the lobby door, you end up in the dispatch area; a short walk from there and you are in the officers' workspace.

"It's a little small, but we make due with what we have," Fisher said.

And that has not always been easy or safe, especially with holding cells just footsteps away from where the officers conduct business.

"As you can see, you come in the back door, you're in the cells and there's a door with no lock on it that goes from the cells to the officers' room," Fisher said.

The processing area shares space that is used for the public to have fingerprints or background checks done. It is in the same area as the holding cells, which will always be empty when that type of work is being done.

The Berlin Town Council is well aware of department's needs and concerns. Town officials are taking action by investing in a new facility for the police department. Two parcels of land off Route 113 near Assateague Road were purchased by the town. Mayor Gee Williams said one lot will be used for the new station that will be 7,800-square-feet. Fisher said the building will be constructed at the corner of Decatur and Bay streets.

The new facility will have separate entrances for the public and police officers, which is not the case now. There will be a bigger lobby and separate rooms for processing and interviews; these are just a few upgrades that will help bring the station up to standards required by state and federal law. 

"We're grandfathered in right now, but once we have the new building, we'll comply with everything," Fisher said.

Williams said the project will be $1.9 million. Revenue from the nearby casino will cover most of the cost. Residents will not be affected, according to Williams.

The project is expected to be complete by late summer or next fall of 2016.
 

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