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Take a Virtual Tour of the Monroe Police Department

The town will have a meeting on Monday to discuss renovations to the police station

Missing ceiling tiles, exposed wires and female officers' lockers housed in a toilet stall are among the laundry list of problems a renovation to the Monroe Police Department is meant to address.

A $500,000 state grant was secured in 2002, but the project never got off the ground. Now the cost has been inflated by $750,000 and has an estimated $4.1 million price tag.

First Selectman Steve Vavrek listed the project among his priorities during the last budget process. A joint meeting on the needed renovations with the Town Council, Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning & Zoning Commission and Police Commission is scheduled for Monday, June 13.

The meeting will be in the Council Chambers of Monroe Town Hall at 7 p.m., according to the press release by the First Selectman's Office.

Capt. Michael Flick will make a presentation. The public is invited to attend, but there will be no public comment session during the meeting.

Lt. Brian McCauley gives a virtual tour of the police station and outlines what improvements need to be made in the videos accompanying this article.

Christine E. June 08, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Pretty pathetic, I agree. Terrible working environment, to say the least. But I have to ask, is it really a smart idea to post a video showing people how easy it is to break into the police station and commit crimes?
QWERTY June 08, 2011 at 04:30 PM
I'm sold on all the safety issues but renovations for an 8 inch curb step? That's pushing it.
Clint Eastwood June 08, 2011 at 10:49 PM
The place is a dump.
Dave Levy June 09, 2011 at 01:02 PM
The problem is in ourselves. Since I moved to Monroe all I ever heard is that the budget is too high. Whether it was for town needs or education. The truth is that we have spent too little on maintenance in order to "keep the budget in line" and now town hall is in the condition it is in. It seems like the plan is to forget about maintenance and then saddle the taxpayers with bond issues that won't necessarily go through the same "rigorous" review that the budget does.
jonny dogood June 12, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Looking at the video, it is a dump and if a business had such deplorable working conditions for its' employees, OSHA would have a field day. The police officers are working in conditions that are sub-standard and probably more like what one would expect in a third world country. Even though there is no money in the budget, perhaps some civic group could have a fund-raiser to improve the cosmetics if that would be permissible by the Town. Just throwing out an idea for discussion..
Wolfe July 26, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I would like to see EMS downstairs in the old police department and the police in the old library upstairs and downstairs (upstairs would be for records and a gym, the downstairs would be for cells and desks). But that would cost money. We need to fix the roads in town, first.

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