by Lisa Tome
People are curious about Perryville's new police department building.
So much so, that they've been driving by frequently.
Chief Allen Miller said the building's many security cameras are picking up this increase of activity.
The wait is almost over for those who want to view the new building. An open house is set for Saturday, December 9, from 1-3 p.m. Government and police will visit the building earlier that day. "We will have guided tours and refreshments," said Chief Miller.
The department moved into the new 8,153 square foot building October 30. The first week of November, the single wide trailer which the department called home for more than a year was removed from the site. "I think we're all settled in now. We transferred our furniture and are waiting for a shipment of furniture," said Chief Miller. "Everybody has found their way around. The officers are using the shower facilities quite often. Ikea donated beds, night stands, and 14 sets of linens to us."
The bunk rooms, showers, and other amenities are a big change from the 10 years in which the department operated from a double wide office trailer. That was followed by 14 months in a single-wide trailer. "A resident referred to this building as the Taj Mahal. I think he's correct," said Chief Miller.
"Everything is operating properly. The officers have secure parking. We've had a few visitors," said the chief. Among those visitors were state police representatives. A new barracks is being built in Cumberland and officials came to see Perryville's building and its high tech features. Bel Air police officials have also looked at the building. Town officials and staff have also toured the building. Mt. Airy and Hampstead police departments are also coming to tour the building. "We have a five day generator, 40 security cameras, everything is bulletproof and ADA compliant. This building is a dream come true. It has far exceeded our expectations," said Miller.
"We're extremely proud of the new building. It's a safe environment for police, the public, and prisoners," said Miller, who said the building's conference room is available for public use, specifically for home owner's associations.