Portsmouth Police hold open house Sunday 12-2

police_station.pngThe Portsmouth Police Department is holding an open house on Sunday from 12-2, and according to their Facebook post, "There will be free face painting, tours of the police station, an opportunity to sit inside the police vehicles, fingerprints for children and child ID kits, as well as car seat installations and check-ups. At 1 pm we will be having a bean bag competition for kids with a chance to win Lego set prizes!"

This is a great opportunity to stop by and take a look at the station, if you still have any question about the necessity for the replacement bond on the November ballot. You can find the Feasibility and Space Needs Study here.

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Portsmouth police station bond passes House

16may11_canario.jpgRep. Dennis Canario’s (D-71) legislation (H 7793) that authorizes the Town of Portsmouth to issue $10,000,000 of general obligation bonds and/or notes in order to design, construct, equip and furnish a new police station passed the House of Representatives last night, according to a state house news release. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“The current police station was built in the 1970’s and it was built for the 70’s. So there was no female officer locker room, crucial technology systems are housed in inadequate non-cooled rooms, officers must store their gear in boiler rooms, there is no public space for events such as the citizens’ police academy, and in today’s climate, and the layout of station is below standards for the public and the officers. These are among the many reasons a new station is needed,” said Representative Canario. “If approved by the voters, these bonds will allow the town to build a police station that everyone can be proud of and one that would be able to serve the citizens in the most effective and state-of-the-art way possible.”

The act would take effect upon approval by the voters of Portsmouth.

Editorial note: Written from a news release.

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