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Middleborough to open new $9.5 million police station

Middleborough’s new $9.5 million police station is scheduled to open Monday, Dec. 3, on Wood Street, less than 2 miles from the old station on North Main.

“This project has been a long time in the making and we are thrilled and excited with how everything turned out,” Chief Joseph Perkins said in a statement. “Not only will this new station make life easier for our officers, it enables us to better serve our community and gives us one of the finest police stations in the state.”

Perkins said a big morale boost for the approximately 40 officers is multiple bathrooms in the new 16,750 square foot building. The old police station — in a 200-year-old building renovated in the 1930s to house the police and the Plymouth County Fourth District Court — had only one bathroom, he said.

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The court moved to Wareham in 1978, but the police department remained in steadily deteriorating conditions until Town Meeting approved money for a new station in 2016. Construction began in June of 2017.

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The new building features the latest technology and separate entries for the public and for police bringing in prisoners and people in custody — something the old building lacked, Perkins said.

He noted that students from Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School will build an outbuilding at the new station for motorcycles, bikes, trailers, and all-terrain vehicles, which will save the town about $200,000.

A town committee is still reviewing ideas on what to do with the old police building; options include making it a museum or using it for other municipal departments.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.