WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? 

Compliance

The proposed building meets all current codes, the ADA, and delivers essentials for 21st century policing providing the community with a serviceable building for the next 50 years.

Visibility

The building may be seen by the public from Route 6, as in all other Outer Cape towns, which also provides direct access to the highway for officers.

Convenience

There is safe access to enough public parking on site. Accessibility for all through the front entrance, a lobby from which the public receives direct services—which can’t be done now—and an elevator to reach administrative offices.

Privacy and safety

In the lobby an interview room doubles as a “safe room” for those at risk, where today’s lobby can’t offer even a seat.

Assurance

The dispatch office will be outfitted with modern technology, equipment, and the 911 system will remain functional at critical times.

Risk Reduction

Officers and detainees will use a sally port transferring from vehicles into the building, which is standard for modern police stations. Booking and cells meet current state standards providing safer processing of detainees. 

Compassion

In new indoor and outdoor areas, officers can safely and humanely care for animals, rather than in space at risk of flooding in the current facility.

Confidence

A purpose-built work environment helps morale among current employees, and aids in getting new recruits by offering appropriate workspaces for administration, training, reporting, and locker rooms.

Certainty

Critical files, documents, and physical evidence—both current and acquired over the next 50 years—are safely and properly stored.

Pride

The new Police Station aligns with the department’s ongoing efforts to reduce risk to the Town through compliance with management standards of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission’s voluntary Certification Program.

How Sustainable and “Green” is it?

 

Landscaping

Existing trees on the site must be removed to construct the new station. Unlikely to relocate well, steps will be taken to mitigate this, including the planting of 53 new trees, 54 new shrubs, and 3500 ground coverings.  All plantings are native to Cape Cod, such as Red Cedar and bayberry, and have “good” or “better” drought tolerance ratings by the US Forest Service.

 

NEW PLANTING MATERIALS

Quantity Common Name
7 Red Maple
26 Eastern Red Cedar
19 Bayberry
2240 Little Bluestem
19 Black Gum
33 Winterberry
540 Sweet Fern
1 White Oak
2 Witch Hazel
710 Switch Grass

 

Climate Resiliency

The location is outside of the flood plain and wetlands and the building is designed to withstand the forces outlined in the MA Building Code for wind and seismic events. It is designed for 24/7 operation with an emergency backup generator.

Energy Efficiency, Carbon Footprint Reduction

The building will be equipped with high efficiency, state-of-the-art heating, cooling, and lighting systems. It will be insulated to the stringent “Stretch Energy Code” standards. It will be solar-ready, structured for the added weight, and with an electrical system ready to “plugin” the installation. Town staff will work with the Cape and Vineyard Electrical Coop to install a solar array at no cost, as they have on the Transfer Station, Water Treatment Plant, and Veterans Memorial Community Center.