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Groundbreaking held for new Palmer police station

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Police and town officials celebrated the groundbreaking of their new police headquarters Saturday morning.

The new facility will be 10 times larger than the current police building at 23,000 feet.

The $7.4 million project is decades in the making.

Chief Robert Frydryk said he remembers when a new building was first discussed back in the early 1990s.

He told CBS 3 the new building means a lot to his department and to the town.

"We have a better designed lock-up facility," said Frydryk. "Right now, our booking facility is a hallway. Very little separation between the public and the people who are under arrest. A better and more climate controlled communication area for our dispatchers. There is so much electronics in the dispatch center nowadays that in the current facility, the HVAC system does not keep pace with that. So it is always 10 degrees warmer there than it is anywhere else in the building."

Frydryk expects to move into the new facility by May or June of next year.

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