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Heated debate at Hampden Town Hall over new police headquarters

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It's a story you saw first on CBS 3 Springfield. The Hampden Police Department has been fighting for a new police department headquarters.

It says it has outgrown their current location.

Monday night was Hampden's annual town meeting, and a hot ticket on the agenda was the proposal for a new police headquarters.

It was a heated debate for those both for and against a new location.

Those who were in favor said a new location is necessary.

As it sits right now, the police department is located in a 900-square-foot office space in the basement of town hall.

The department is proposing a $2.9 million building on town-owned land located on Allen Street next to the senior center.

It would open up the department to 6,000 square feet.  

For the past three decades, the police department has been fighting for a new police headquarters.

"The size of the facility that we have is inadequate of our needs. To try and do the job they we're expected is not possible in the current state," said Hampden Police Chief Jeff Farnsworth.

Those who were against the proposal said they would like to know more information. They cited traffic studies and the cost to build the new department.

"It is the most cost-effective plan for the town and will give the tax payer the best value for their dollar," said Richard Green, member of the Police Station Replacement Committee.

In a two-thirds vote, the town decided 117-24 in favor of a new home for the department.

The vote does not mean plans are set in stone just yet. A general public vote will be held next Monday to see if the town can move forward with the building process.

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