(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David and Senator Fred Akshar on Thursday joined law enforcement officials to open the newly renovated Binghamton Police Department main desk and headquarters at City Hall.
The upgrades include a total interior renovation with new floors, lighting and HVAC system, new entrance area, security improvements, including new cameras and ballistic glass, new computer workstations, network wiring and equipment, a wall of monitors to view street cameras and other office equipment. The headquarters is part of a larger $1.2 million project that includes upgrades to police locker rooms, roll call room, and gym.
“These upgrades will improve law enforcement operations and use of technology, allowing us to continue the professional police protection that Binghamton residents deserve for decades to come,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “This new headquarters will be the nerve center of public safety operations and communications in Binghamton. We owed it to our men and women in uniform to provide a state-of-the-art work environment. I thank Senator Fred Akshar for his support of this project and for his relentless support of law enforcement in Albany and back home in his district.”
Senator Fred Akshar secured a $190,000 state grant to help fund the project.
"Our men and women of law enforcement selflessly put their lives on the line every day to make our community safe,” said Senator Fred Akshar. “They're the first to put themselves in danger, and it's incumbent on us to make sure that they have the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. In addition to protecting our community from crime and danger, in recent years their scope of coverage has expanded to other disciplines, as they're often called to deal with individuals struggling with mental health or addiction issues. At a time where their jobs are becoming more dangerous and unpredictable, these community heroes need our support more than ever. I'm proud to play a small part in helping our community heroes better serve and protect the people of the 52nd Senate District."
“The Binghamton PBA thanks Mayor David for making these upgrades a priority and Senator Akshar for securing critical funding to support the project,” said Investigator Jessica Griffin, President of the Binghamton Police Benevolent Association, the union representing Binghamton police officers. “Our officers now have a new, technology-focused workspace where they can better serve the public and protect residents.”
The Police Department’s headquarters dates back to the 1970s when City Hall first opened.
Officers had been working from a temporary location on City Hall’s first floor since construction began in December 2018. The project is being paid for through a transfer from the City’s Fund Balance and Senator Akshar’s grant award.
All Binghamton Police phone numbers will remain unchanged following the opening of new headquarters.
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