WATERVILLE — Just days before the Waterville Police Department moves into its new headquarters on Colby Street, the public will have opportunities to tour the brand-new facility.

At 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday, visitors can tour the headquarters before certain areas get closed to public access.

Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said that while everything may not be open to public tour, a number of places inside the facility will be open for viewing.

“Folks that come to the open house can see the patrol area where officers conduct their daily work, the detective division, the dispatch center — all areas you would not usually have access to,” he said. Rumsey said some areas, some as the evidence storage unit, may be closed to public viewing from the start.

Rumsey said the department’s official move-in time hasn’t been determined and isn’t set for one day, but rather will be at least a weeklong process.

“That following week (after the open house) is probably a good week for us to move in,” Rumsey said. “During that week, at least some of our functions will have moved to the new station, but I can’t say that everyone will have moved to the new station by the end of that week.”


Rumsey said that while the construction of the building is complete, a couple of logistical tasks still need to be worked out.

“The big part of what’s happening is our technology office is setting up computers and networks,” Rumsey said. “That takes some time and adjustments need to be made.” Rumsey added that the heating and cooling systems still need some tests to make sure they’re working adequately.

Rumsey said the department is getting anxious for the move. As the construction finished, he said, department members started getting more excited.

“This will be the first time ever that the Waterville Police Department will operate out of a facility that is custom-built for law enforcement.”

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239

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