State police close outpost, move to Fair HavenBy Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | January 16,2013FAIR HAVEN — Vermont State Police announced Tuesday it has completed the move into its satellite office in Fair Haven after officially closing the Castleton Outpost after more than 30 years.
Commander of the Rutland barracks Lt. Charles Cacciatore said the troopers began moving into their new space in the Fair Haven Police Department late last week and that the outpost is basically empty.
“The sign is gone and the flag has been lowered so people know we are not there,” Cacciatore said.
The majority of the furniture and computers, including the fingerprinting machine and DataMaster unit used for alcohol testing, have been moved to Fair Haven, but not everything is up and running, Cacciatore said.
“Everything should be rolling once we get the data ports running,” he said, adding that a technician is expected today to complete the final work.
Along with the two machines, the move will bring high-speed Internet to the Fair Haven building and an upgrade to the surveillance system in the police department’s holding cell, said William Humphries, chief of the Fair Haven Police Department.
He said the police department will be saving $100 in monthly Comcast Internet fees, and had they chosen to subscribe to high-speed Internet, it would have been $400 per month.
The outpost, located near the Castleton Four Corners, played host to the State Police for more than 30 years.
The reason behind the outpost’s closure is consolidation and saving money. Vermont State Police paid $30,000 in rent every year for the outpost building, while renting desk space in Fair Haven will cost them $250 a month, or about $3,000 a year.
Cacciatore stressed that the quality of service provided by the troopers in the western side of the county will remain the same. The six troopers and one sergeant assigned to the western side will continue to work from Fair Haven.
People can continue to contact state troopers for nonemergency situations in the western part of the county at 468-5355.
Emergency calls, as always, should be made to 911.
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