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Hampden residents vote in favor of new police headquarters

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In a 14 percent voter turnout, 266 Hampden residents voted 'yes' while 248 voted 'no' for a new police headquarters.

CBS 3 Springfield first told you about the shocking conditions of the current department.

It is located in a 900-square-foot space located in the basement of town hall.

Hampden police Chief Jeff Farnsworth said officers are required to maneuver through tight spaces, prohibiting them from doing their job.

He said some even have to work out of the bathroom and evidence is stored in the station's only refrigerating unit, which also houses the officers' lunches and dinners.

Farnsworth had proposed to town officials a $2.9 million facility that would upgrade the department to about 6,000 square feet.

During the annual town meeting, the new headquarters was approved, moving the proposal to Monday's annual public town election.

The new site be located on Allen Street next to the Hampden Senior Center.

Town officials said residents can expect a tax hike of 9 percent; however, they're looking at options to bring that number down to 7 percent.

There is no word yet on when construction will begin on the new location.

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