MERRIMAC — Police Chief Eric Shears is very proud to announce that the Merrimac Police Department will begin operating out of its brand new police station on Tuesday morning.
The building project has reached substantial completion. On Tuesday morning, dispatch and 911 equipment will be moved from the old public safety facility on East Main Street to the Merrimac Police Department’s new home at 2 Jana Way.
“I am extraordinarily proud of our new station, and I am grateful to our residents for their support as the Merrimac Police Department aims to deliver the best and most modern and professional public safety services possible,” said Chief Shears, who began working out of his new office on Jana Way late last month. “I look forward to welcoming our residents to the new Merrimac Police Department, and we are looking forward to seeing many of you at a formal open house event once it is safe to do so.”
There will be no interruption of emergency dispatch or 911 services, as the West Newbury Police Department will take landline 911 calls and the Essex County Regional Emergency Communications Center will take cellular 911 calls during much of the day on Tuesday. Information will be relayed to Merrimac Police and Fire for response. The equipment is expected to be moved and restarted by 4 p.m. Tuesday, at which time emergency call-taking operations will return to Merrimac Police.
As a reminder, the Merrimac Fire Department remains at the 16 East Main St. location.
Merrimac residents voted to fund the design, engineering and construction of a $6.5 million police station in November 2018. Construction on the new facility began on May 13, 2019. Some finishing work, including tile work in the station lobby, remains to be completed in the coming weeks. The new station lobby is open for business, but residents should be ever-mindful of COVID-19 precautions, including masks and social distancing when visiting the police department.
Chief Shears and the members of the Merrimac Police Department also wish to thank the present and past members of the Public Safety Building Committee, the present and past members of the Board of Selectmen involved in this project, the Carell Group, NV5 and our contractor LD Russo.