MAMARONECK, N.Y. Village of Mamaroneck police officers are looking forward to the expansion of the police station, which will add locker rooms, a bathroom, a muster room and possibly a weight room to the current facilities.
Everyones happy about it, said village police Detective Sandra DiRuzza.
The building, at 169 Mount Pleasant Road, is old and also holds the Village Court. It was built in the 1930s and doesn't have enough space.
If you saw what our department works out of compared to newer facilities, its night and day, Assistant Village Manager Dan Sarnoff said.
The muster room, located downstairs, is cramped. It has a table, a few chairs, a microwave oven in the corner, some built-in shelving that holds supplies, and not much else. The current locker room isnt too bad - for men, that is.
When it was first built there were no female officers, DiRuzza said. Now, myself included, there are four.
The female officers have a room to change in that is slightly bigger than a walk-in closet. All around, the space is inadequate for what it is being used for.
The facility is functional, but barely, Sarnoff said.
The upgrade, which was approved to go out to bid by the village Board of Trustees on July 16, will most likely consist of two modular offices that will be attached to the back of the building on Johnson Street, Sarnoff said. The trailers are 56 feet long and 12 feet wide.
Its a much more economical solution than redoing the entire building, he said. A real upgrade would run into many of millions of dollars.
This upgrade will cost $200,000 to $250,000. Most of the cost will come from connecting components such as plumbing and electricity from the current building to the modular trailers. Aside from that, the trailers come pre-built and ready to go.
The new space will add more space and more separation and privacy for officers, DiRuzza said. She said many of the officers were excited about the possible addition of a weight room and workout area and having a bathroom and shower to clean up in.
Its been a long time coming, said Trustee John Hofstetter, along with many head-nods of agreement, at the July 16 board meeting.
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