New police station gets “Yes” vote

HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP)–Voters in Hampden have approved an upgrade to the town’s police station, 266 to 248, a difference of just 18 votes.

The new station will be four times the size of the current one and it’s expected to take about two years to build. It will be located near the Hampden Senior Center on Allen Street .

The price tag for the new building is $2.9 million, which means residents in the Town of Hampden will pay higher property taxes over the next 20 years.

Police Chief Jeff Farnsworth told 22News the need for a new station was great, because they currently operate out of a space inside Town Hall. He said lack of space is one of many problems which meant there was no where to separate suspects and witnesses.

Currently serving about 5,400 town residents, the department has six full time officers, three sergeants, and the Chief of Police.  There is also four full time dispatchers, and several reserve officers.

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