GILFORD — The Police Department invites the general public to tour the newly reconstructed and expanded station from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday night.
Police officers will be on hand so they can meet with the general public, explain about policing in Gilford and provide tours of the new station. Light snacks and beverages will be offered.
The meet-and-greet will begin in the Emergency Operations Center, which will be accessible from the main lobby of the Gilford Town Hall.
In 2014, voters approved by a 60 percent margin to spend $1.2 million on the renovation and expansion of the police department. A special grant from Homeland Security provided the money for the Emergency Operations Center.
Attempts to build a new stand-alone station in 2006 and two other recently attempts to expand this one had failed before the 2014 vote.
Acording to Lt. Kristian Kelley, the new station is about 99 percent complete with just a few punch list items remaining.
The renovation adds a sally port, a new dispatch center with new consoles, a meeting and training space for the officers, and improved security measures as well as the Emergency Operations Center – some thing that used to be in the town meeting officers that were very difficult to secure.
With the entrance on the outside of the building, Kelley said people who need to conduct police business can do so with more privacy and security than before when all had to enter through the main door to the town offices.
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