Four months ago, Norwell voters rejected a new police station and at the end of last year a regional dispatch center opened, but now Norwell police are facing a high security risk and unmanned station.
Thursday night, the Norwell Advisory Board reviewed a request by the police department for $102,000 to enhance the building’s security.
Police Chief Ted Ross stated the loss of a dispatcher helped their budget but not the surveillance of their 40-year-old station, “Having an unmanned police station is extremely dangerous to the valuables we have inside. So, technology at a minimum, consider we have an older station with none, would be critical.”
With the future of the station still up in the air, Chair of the Capital Budget Committee Jason Brown noted money on surveillance will not be a waste, “I think the concern is that if they renovate the existing building on River Street, we want to make sure that we don’t invest this money only to have it torn out and thrown out. A large portion, if not all of it, could be recouped.”
Norwell police’s request is part of a capital budget which will be voted on at the May 7th town meeting. Chief Ross noted he will be proposing a feasibility study in the future to evaluate the possibility of renovating the River Street station. Currently, there are no proposals to renovate the River Street station.