Voters in Berlin are expected to decide if police really need a new place to call home.
The town hopes to put a proposal for a new police department on the November ballot.
Police said they are currently being handcuffed by a lack of space.
Police command has been pushing town leaders, most of whom are on its side, for a new $21 million dollar headquarters built on a piece of property on Farmington Avenue which Berlin bought in 2011 for $2 million.
William Brighenti, who founded the Berlin Property Owners Association, argued that the town can’t afford a new police headquarters, and police should look to clear space in their current building. He thinks one way to accomplish this is to get rid of tactical gear.
“I’m concerned that they have this military equipment, that’s taking up a lot of storage, body armor, riot helmets, swat rifles, bullet proof vests and chemical equipment,” Brighenti said.
An informational session on the new police station is set for September 16 at 6 p.m. at the town hall.