Until now, the Palmer Police Department operated out of a 2,300-square-foot trailer.
The conditions were cramped, to say the least.
That is about to change, as local and state officials gathered to dedicate the department's new 23,000-square-foot police station.
A large crowd was on hand Saturday morning to hear from Chief Robert Frydryk and several officials.
Everyone detailed how long the process was to make the facility a reality.
It took three tries dating back to 2001 before residents approved plans for the new building.
Both Frydryk and members of the town council said it means a lot, not only for the department but for the people of Palmer.
Once the speeches were done, people were allowed to tour the new facility.
Some residents, who were initially concerned about the tax hike to pay for the building, told CBS 3 that after touring similar departments in Western Massachusetts, they knew it was time for their town to get an upgrade.
According to Frydryk, the price tag on the new facility is $7.4 million.
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