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Ahead of HQ meeting, Port Washington police host tour

The Port Washington Police District is hosting a tour of its headquarters from 4 to 9 p.m. today.

Assistant Chief James Salerno said the tour is an effort to have people come with “informed opinions” for a meeting Thursday on a controversial plan to purchase property for a new police facility, which Salerno says is needed.

The district is in contract to buy a 4.75-acre site for $2.5 million in Port Washington North.

The proposed headquarters would be about 20,000 about square feet, compared to the current 8,500-square-foot facility. There are currently 62 sworn police officers and about 20 civilians in the department, Salerno said.

Aside for a similar tour given on Nov. 20, which attracted about 20 people, Salerno said the department hasn’t given public tours in more than a year.

On the Nov. 20 tour, Salerno said: “I think people had open minds – they left with a different perspective after they saw what condition we operate in.”

Anyone who can’t make it tonight can schedule an individual tour between now and Thursday, Salerno said.

The Port Washington police headquarters is located at 500 Port Washington Blvd.

The Dec. 2 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Schreiber High School, where a conceptual design for the station will be unveiled.

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