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What Are Your Suggestions for Fixing the NBPD?

The pressure is on the Town Council to fix the state of the North Branford Police Department and while the subject’s hot, take your turn to suggest what you’d like to see done to the department.

If you see something around town you’d like to discuss with your neighbors, e-mail nicole.ball@patch.com.

At last week’s North Branford Police Commission meeting, Anthony DeLuise, a patrol officer and president of the NBPD officers' union implored leaders to find a way to fund improvements to the police department's headquarters on Forest Road.

He is not alone in his hope to fix the department. Interim Town Manager Bonnie Therrien publicly stated during a special Town Council meeting last month that the department's headquarters "is a dump."

According to reports, the department’s septic system has failed and the department's 911 room takes on water during heavy rains storms among other issues.

In recent news, North Branford Fire Chief William Seward also make the decision to move the town's Emergency Operation Center to the Town Hall from the Police Department; the Town Council voted that it stay at the police department.

What are your thoughts for town officials? Do you think the Police Department should be renovated? 

Bill Seward October 15, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The decision to move the town'a Emergency Operations Center from a multipurpose conference room within PD to a new facility within town hall equipped with state of the art communication technology was made by the former Town Manager, Richard Branigan. The move was made to vastly improve operations and funded with state monies awarded to the Emergency Management Director and had been in the works for a number of months. This was not a one person decision and was discussed during council meetings.
Robert Colangelo October 15, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The police officers truly need better facilities and equipment. I work with them every day and they do the best with what they have to work with. As far as the decision to move the Town’s EOC, it was poor and made in haste. That vote should have been tabled until the Emergency Management Director could be present to discuss any concerns and/or changes. There was a lot of time, effort and money put in to upgrade and relocate the EOC to a more conducive location.

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