A decade ago, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown held his hand over a duct-taped original 1955 window in the police station to feel the cold draft coming through.
Brown's long gone but the tape is still on that window.
So are the water-stained ceilings, cramped quarters, missing and crumbling tiles, one frightening bathroom, broken cells, mildewed carpets and outdated heating system.
The deficiencies of the 66-year-old public safety building are well documented. Tours of the building over the years by the public safety commissioner and later the police and fire chiefs have pointed out the urgent need for a new building.
What's been lacking is funding and location. But officers are getting tired of waiting.
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