To The Editor:
The space now occupied by the Croton Police Department in the Municipal Building is woefully inadequate. Our officers have had to make do for many years, but two reasons make it urgent that we give them a larger and more appropriately laid out space. First, this fall the NY ‘Raise the Age’ law will require that we separate adult prisoners from both juveniles and youth up to age 19 – we cannot do this within the present space. Second, because of limited space, police storage is scattered in various nooks and corners of all four levels of the building. In the event of an emergency, this would significantly slow police response – with potentially lethal consequences.
Moving the Recreation Department to Gouveia Park will give the police department the space it needs, while allowing the Village to actively develop the use of that gem of a house and natural setting for a host of arts and recreational activities.