Hur­lock cel­e­brates new po­lice sta­tion

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

HUR­LOCK — The town of Hur­lock cel­e­brated the open­ing of its new Hur­lock Po­lice Sta­tion at a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony Fri­day, May 20, with spe­cial guest Comptroller Peter Fran­chot.

Con­struc­tion be­gan for the new po­lice sta­tion in June 2015 across the park­ing lot from the for­mer po­lice sta­tion on Neal­son Street. The project cost is about $1.7 mil­lion from a USDA loan. Harpers and Sons did the con­struc­tion and Lane En­gi­neer­ing did the project en­gi­neer­ing.

“I just want to ap­plaud ev­ery­body that has had even a small part in this po­lice build­ing,” said Hur­lock Mayor Joyce Spratt. “It was a dream that has be­come a re­al­ity. The po­lice de­part­ment has deserved this build­ing for a long, long time.

“In 2011, when Les (Hut­ton) was chief, we talked about it,” she said. “We crunched some fig­ures. With the help of the USDA and He­bron Sav­ings Bank, we’ve made this dream a re­al­ity. Thank you to Town Man­ager John Avery who has worked so hard on this build­ing. I just can’t thank him enough.”

Fran­chot pre­sented Hut­ton and Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Michael Henry with Mary­land Hero Medal­lions that he gives to first re­spon­ders and mil­i­tar y per­son­nel for their service to the state and coun­try.

“Joyce, thank you for what you do for this won­der­ful town and this com­mu­nity,” Fran­chot said. “I’m hon­ored to be a part of this spe­cial cer­e­mony.

“With­out pub­lic safety, there is no econ­omy,” he said. “We got to make sure our peo­ple are safe. We give it to them for their sac­ri­fice and their valor and their service.

“I’m con­fi­dent this new fa­cil­ity will strengthen Hur­lock Po­lice Depar tment’s abil­ity to pro­tect and pre­vent any­thing hap­pen­ing to folks here,” he said. “Equip­ping them with the re­sources and space they need to ef­fi­ciently per­form their service re­wards the valor and service that each of these men and women make. The work that this de­part­ment does on a daily ba­sis is in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing. It takes guts and com­mit­ment, and

love for oth­ers to get up ev­ery day, put on that uni­form and risk your lives to pro­tect your com­mu­nity.

“I don’t think it is pos­si­ble to thank the self­less­ness and ded­i­ca­tion that each of you demon­strate dur­ing the day,” he said. “Please know that I, along with mil­lions of Mary­lan­ders across the state are deeply ap­pre­cia­tive of what you do. So far as I have the honor to serve as comptroller, rest as­sured that this po­lice de­part­ment and law en­force­ment of­fi­cers across the state will con­tinue to have a part­ner, a friend and an ad­vo­cate fight­ing for your in­ter­ests in An­napo­lis.”

For­mer Chief Hut­ton per­formed the ded­i­ca­tion for the new po­lice sta­tion.

“I saw there was a great need for a new pub­lic safety build­ing,” he said. “I wanted it to look like a train sta­tion. The train theme to the town of Hur­lock is spe­cial.

“This is our vi­sion, and we are so proud of it,” he said. “There are go­ing to be many of­fi­cers over the years go­ing through these doors, and I just hope that they find in their heart the pride in this build­ing and in this town that I have, and that they are suc­cess­ful.”

Dorch­ester County Sheriff James Phillips was one of many lo­cal and state dig­ni­taries on hand for the cer­e­mony. He thanked Hut­ton and Spratt for hav­ing the vi­sion to pro­vide a home for Hur­lock po­lice.

“Many, many years ago when they de­cided to es­tab­lish a Hur­lock Po­lice De­part­ment, they had the po­lice de­part­ment and gave them guns and gave them cars and stuck them in an old house,” he said. “They have been up where the town hall is. They were in an old fer­til­izer ware­house. They’ve al­ways jumped them around to a va­cant build­ing and never re­ally given them the proper equip­ment or the proper home that they re­ally needed.

“When for­mer Chief Hut­ton brought it up to Mayor Spratt’s at­ten­tion, she had the vi­sion to move for­ward and say, ‘We got an in­cred­i­ble pro­fes­sional group of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers here, they should have a home that re­flects that pro­fes­sional im­age,’” he said. “Hats off to the town coun­cil. Hats off to Mayor Spratt. Hats off to Chief Henry. I just want to say con­grat­u­la­tions for a job well done.”

Other dig­ni­taries and busi­ness lead­ers at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony in­cluded Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Del. Chris Adams, R-37B; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B; Dorch­ester County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers, Cam­bridge Po­lice Chief Daniel Dvo­rak and Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Jeff Hub­bard.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Bal­loons re­mem­ber­ing fallen law en­force­ment of­fi­cers are re­leased Fri­day, May 20 dur­ing the new Hur­lock Po­lice Sta­tion rib­bon­cut­ting cer­e­mony.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Michael Henry and for­mer Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Les Hut­ton cut the rib­bon dur­ing the new Hur­lock Po­lice Sta­tion grand open­ing cer­e­mony Fri­day, May 20.

Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Del. Chris Adams, R-37B; and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B; present Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Michael Henry with procla­ma­tions for the new Hur­lock Po­lice Sta­tion at the May 20 grand open­ing.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, left, presents for­mer Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Les Hut­ton with a Mary­land Hero Medal­lion.

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, right, presents Hur­lock Po­lice Chief Michael Henry with a Mary­land Hero Medal­lion.

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