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MWDN: Holliston dedicates new police station

September 15, 2009

September 15, 2009
By Kelsey Abbruzzese, The MetroWest Daily News

HOLLISTON — The town has officially dedicated the new police station on Washington Street.

Police have been using the new 16,000 square foot facility since Sept. 9, and today’s ceremony marked the formal ribbon-cutting. Chief Tom Lambert said about 150 people attended, including Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, Selectmen Andy Porter and Carl Damigella, and Officer Matt Waugh, president of the police association.

Construction of the $6.7 million station began in 2008. The new station includes a training room, larger interview room, fitness and locker rooms for the department’s 24 officers, more space for storing and securing evidence, a larger lobby and a carport to shield nine patrol cars.

Lambert said police dedicated the fitness room to Officer Mike Fanning, who died of cancer in 2005. Lambert also said the training room was dedicated to Officer John Johnson, who was shot by a stolen car suspect in 1981.

Police had worked out of a temporary station on Linden Street since April 2007, which they described as too small for the town and that it did not provide proper security for the department. Police also said the temporary station lacked cells, so people arrested in Holliston were taken to other towns for two years.

Lambert said the police department is holding an open house on Sept. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. so the public can see the new station.

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