- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

WESTMINSTER, Vt. (AP) - After consolidating their Brattleboro and Rockingham barracks, Vermont State Police officially opened its new $6.2 million facility in Westminster.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/2aid9zV ) Thursday’s opening of the new 16,600-square-foot barracks represents the first time state police have consolidated two troops into a single space.

Capt. Rick Hopkins says the stations in Rockingham and Brattleboro were both severely outdated and it was a challenge to support the force’s modern electronic and computer needs.

Staff of both barracks has been moving into the new building over the last few days. Dispatch operations will be in service at the new barracks beginning next week.

The Westminster project has been in the works for eight years with several delays due to property disputes and permitting difficulties.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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