New safety complex opens

New safety complex opens

At the new complex, civilian dispatchers RONALD STARNINO, on left, and SUE LUSZCZ answer incoming calls and dispatch police calls to trouble spots as they watch large screens monitoring all town buildings, schools, the Public Safety Complex and the location of police and fire apparatus throughout the town. (BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE)

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Police and fire personnel moved into their new digs over the weekend and on Monday, Aug. 12, with the first 4 p.m. police shift operating out of the complex at 1835 Mineral Spring Avenue Monday.

Officials said they were pleased to announce that operations were to be moved to the facility, across from North Providence High School, as of Monday late afternoon. Phone numbers remain the same. In cases of emergency, the public is urged to call 911 for an immediate response.

A formal opening ceremony and open house has been scheduled for Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

Chief David Tikoian, in a note Monday, congratulated Lt. Michael Gawel on supervising the first shift to officially work in the new complex.

The Breeze reported last week that construction of the $28 million safety complex is wrapping up on time and within budget. It is being funded entirely through remaining money from the Police Department’s $60 million windfall from a settlement with Google.