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Glenville police chief explains need for upgrades

Glenville police chief explains need for upgrades

$1.5 million grant will fund needed improvements
Glenville police chief explains need for upgrades
Glenville Police Chief Steve Janik gives a tour of the police station Tuesday.

GLENVILLE — Police Chief Steve Janik's tour Tuesday of his department's small holding area didn't take long and the tour guests — local media — hardly had to move.

On one wall were two holding rooms — not cells. On the opposite wall were the department's fingerprint and photo machine. On a third wall is a drunk-driving test machine.

Janik then listed off the multiple issues with the setup: Only two holding rooms, a cramped space and, just beyond a window, an administrative assistant office of civilians.

"This is a dangerous situation," Janik said. "This can become a very, very dangerous room."

Janik gave the tour as the department and town received a $1.5 million state public safety grant to address the safety and space issues at the department.

State Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, visited the department Tuesday with town Supervisor Chris Koetzle and other town officials to formally present the grant. 

The grant will be used to expand and improve safety at the police headquarters, which is located at Town Hall. The town is also considering funding upgrades for the rest of the building through other funds, Koetzle said. Officials have already met with an architect.

The facilities have not received a major update in three decades. Police identified the holding area and the police garage bay where prisoner transfers take place as focuses of the safety upgrades.

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The Town Hall has been at its current location on Glenridge Road since 1984, when the town purchased and converted a former movie theater. The police station is within Town Hall, though it has a separate entrance.

Tedisco said the officers need improved safety and the grant will provide that.

The state funding, from the State and Municipal Facilities program of the State Dormitory Authority, requires no town matching share, but it may take until late 2018 before the money actually becomes available, Koetzle has said.

Until the improvements are in place, Janik said the department will continue as it has been.

"We'll make due with what we have, and we have for 30 years," Janik said. "So really it's very very good for us to be able to make some improvements."

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