Berlin looks to build $21 million police department

WFSB 3 Connecticut


The Berlin police department is looking to build a new facility, but some residents don’t think spending $21 million should even be considered.

Berlin Deputy Police Chief John Klett said the department has been running out of space for years.

“We have equipment stacked everywhere. A lot of this stuff is not excess,” Klett said. “We took a classroom and split it in half to use half as a classroom and half as support services.”

There is a growing need for additional equipment as well, like body armor and riot and swat gear. This is one of the several reasons Klett said the department needs the $21 million building.

William Brighenti is a member of the Berlin Property Owner’s Association, and said that while he admires the work Berlin police do, getting rid of some of the equipment would help to alleviate the $21 million price tag.

“I question, do we need military equipment for a peaceful neighborly suburb as Berlin,” Brighenti said. “I can’t recall there ever being a riot in Berlin, and if there is in Berlin don’t we have the National Guard?”

Klett said there isn’t necessarily military equipment in the department, but after 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security issued that all police departments need some kind of chemical protective gear.

He also said that the equipment is needed in case of emergencies.

“We have patrol rifles in the cars, which are the standard in the industry. That’s largely due to the possibility of an active shooter incident,” Klett added.

The Berlin town manager recently said that the renovations at the police department were on hold because the town is building a new high school.

Brighenti said he thinks the issue should be put out to the voters.

About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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One Response to Berlin looks to build $21 million police department

  1. Austin says:

    The crime rate in the town of Berlin is extremely low. If you want to see a town with real crime, look at the city data in Los Angeles. We don’t need a 21 million dollar facility to issue seat-belt tickets.

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