THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE THORNTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
As our building renovation gets underway, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the process and who recognized the need to address our safety concerns at the police station. The process has been a long one, with many hours volunteered by community members on the Municipal Building Needs Committee, an original conceptual design by local high school students, many hours of discussion and decisions in Selectmen’s Meetings, and equally important…support from the citizens of Thornton at Town Meeting in 2012 and 2013.
For those who may not be aware, in November of 2011, I met with representatives of the town’s insurer, Local Government Center, due to my own concerns about prisoner safety, the safety of the employees and the safety of the general public due to the physical layout of the building. In December of 2011, I received a letter from LGC outlining the safety concerns and the town’s potential for liability. The issues that were raised in the letter echoed my own concerns and those of the police department employees. Our primary issues have been focused around the fact that our lobby and detainee booking room occupy the same space. This creates an increased safety risk to members of the public trying to access the police station, as well as police department employees. While not detailed in LGC’s letter, we felt strongly that safety issues for our civilian employee needed to be addressed due to the close proximity of our administrative assistant’s work area to the booking room and holding cell. Also of note was our difficulty in maintaining the confidentiality of juveniles in our current booking room. All of these concerns were brought to both the building committee and the Board of Selectmen and have remained the driving force behind the Police Station renovation.
The new design of the police station addresses all of our safety concerns and should meet our needs for many years to come. All of us at the Thornton Police Department are grateful to everyone involved, especially the voters and the Board of Selectmen for recognizing the need to provide a safer, more efficient space.