2017-10-06 / Letters

Public safety building woefully cramped

To the editor:

At 8 a.m. on a recent morning, Roccy Risbara and I arrived at the Scarborough Public Safety building to attend a Public Safety Building Committee meeting.

We were buzzed through the lobby door and into the corridor that runs the length of the police section of the building. We were immediately in the presence of seven or eight police officers who were briefing each other on a police matter.

As a former chief of police, I knew what they were talking about.

Passing beyond the officers, Roccy and I looked at each other and shook our heads.

We did so in recognition that the building is too cramped to offer the space necessary for the officers to hold their conversations in private, away from public space.

It’s not only the police who are cramped, the firefighters, EMTs and communications officers work in deficient and outdated circumstances as well.

The Scarborough Public Safety Building Committee has been working for most of the past year to identify the many problems of the current public safety building and to propose a needed and functional replacement.

In a recent letter urging support for the new building posted on the Risbara Brothers Company website, Roccy said, “If you have doubts about the need, please call one of the chiefs and go take a tour of the current facility.”

For a wealth of information about this important public safety issue, please visit www.scarboroughmaine.org/psb

A unanimous town council vote has placed on the upcoming Nov. 7 ballot a question to provide funding for a new building. Please vote yes on local Question 1 and help the public safety professionals who help you.

Greg Hanscom
Scarborough Public Safety Building
Committee member

Return to top