Per­ryville breaks ground on new po­lice head­quar­ters

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Town of­fi­cials broke ground on a new $2.8 mil­lion po­lice depart­ment

PER­RYVILLE

head­quar­ters Tues­day night with hopes of com­plet­ing the project within a year.

The new build­ing will ac­com­plish sev­eral goals, town of­fi­cials said dur­ing the ground­break­ing emony.

“This will not only im­prove the pro­gram and the morale but it will also change the way the pub­lic views the Per­ryville Po­lice Depart­ment,” Chief Allen Miller said. “We’re go­ing from a dou­ble-wide (trailer) to an 8,000-square-foot build­ing with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures.”

Mayor Jim Eber­hardt said cer- the new build­ing would also make the town depart­ment com­pli­ant with fed­eral reg­u­la­tions.

“It’s some­thing as sim­ple as hold­ing cells,” Eber­hardt said in his open­ing re­marks, not­ing that the cur­rent po­lice depart­ment only has one while the new build­ing will have three. “There are laws about sep­a­rat­ing males from fe­males and ju­ve­niles.”

The new build­ing will also have a sally port, which al­lows for safer trans­fer of those in cus­tody from the pa­trol car to a hold­ing cell.

“With parks and play­grounds nearby, you want max­i­mum con­trol of an un­ruly pris­oner,” Eber­hardt said.

Per­ryville voted in May 2004 to launch its own po­lice force. Gary Pierce was the first chief of po­lice, start­ing op­er­a­tions in the Ci­faldo Cen­ter on Susque­hanna Av­enue. Eber­hardt said he and Pierce have ac­tively searched for a bet­ter lo­ca­tion as the depart­ment grew.

“I told Gary a few times, ‘It can be a trailer. It’s only tem­po­rary,’” Eber­hardt re­called.

And it was a trailer that the depart­ment moved into in June 2005, at a cost of $58,000.

That 1,200-square-foot build­ing on Ot­sego Street is now cramped, lack­ing proper stor­age and ad­e­quate space for its 13 em­ploy­ees, Miller said.

An even smaller trailer is com­ing in to op­er­ate as po­lice head­quar­ters dur­ing con­struc­tion. The new build­ing is go­ing up nearby. Last week, the process be­gan with the re­moval of the tot lot play­ground equip­ment. This first phase also in­cludes stormwa­ter man­age­ment for the en­tire com­plex, which will in­clude the Lit­tle League base­ball fields and a new town hall.

“A lot of thought went into this,” Town Com­mis­sioner Robert Ashby said. “This is the first step in mak­ing our town the safest.”

COR­REC­TION

A Sept. 7 story on A1 about a New York woman who died af­ter swim­ming in Ce­cil County wa­ters in­cor­rectly stated the ef­fec­tive­ness of treat­ments for Nae­g­le­ria fow­leri. If di­ag­nosed early, some treat­ments are ef­fec­tive but the mor­tal­ity rate for the dis­ease can be as high as 95 per­cent. The Whig re­grets this er­ror.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

(L-R) Per­ryville com­mis­sion­ers Michelle Linkey and Ray Ryan III, Mayor Jim Eber­hardt, Po­lice Chief Allen Miller and Com­mis­sioner Robert Ashby break ground on the new $2.8 mil­lion po­lice depart­ment head­quar­ters.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Per­ryville Mayor Jim Eber­hardt shows the au­di­ence the artist’s con­cept of the new po­lice depart­ment head­quar­ters at the Tues­day night ground­break­ing cer­e­mony.

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