The Darien Times recently took a tour of the new and improved police station. The approximately $18 million renovation project was officially completed in November of last year — with a new state-of-the-art shooting range the last part to be completed.
The new communication center’s hotlines funnel 911, EMS, CMED, and many other county and state emergency calls. It also monitors approximately 100 cameras positioned throughout the station and has bullet proof glass.
The station also features an expanded fitness area, seven cells, a holding area, and expanded garage bays. A ‘Bear Cat’ tank — a shared regional assest currently housed at the station — weighs 20,000 pounds and is equipped with a battering ram.
The new station’s shooting range is equipped with a Meggit firearms training simulator — the only police station in New England to have one. Marron said the simulator is invaluable training that allows police to use their own weapons in simulation training. He said long-time police officers have said the simulator is the best training they’ve ever had.
Marron said by creating different actual interacative scenarios on the simulator, officers can train under emotional stress without being in an actual emergency situation.
A space-needs assessment in 2007 found that the Darien police need a 36,400 square foot building. The department was operating in a 19,000 square-foot space. The Representative Town Meeting approved the project in 2008 but it was put on hold in 2009 due to the economy. In 2010, the town opted to proceed with project.
See the full slideshow of The Darien Times tour of the police station at darientimes.com