Ongoing upgrades: Wilkinson Police Chief Dennis Hoppes says the new police headquarters reflects continuing improvements in policing in the town. Creation of reserve corps, for example, has enabled the police department to provide more service to Wilkinson, Hoppes said. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Settled in: Patrolman Don Mullins of the Wilkinson Police Department looks over a file in the new office. The space was renovated with the help of a grant from The Home Depot and donated labor from the retailer's volunteer corps. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — For years, a cramped office with a single desk was the space the Wilkinson Police Department called home.
Today, the department has a much more open feel, thanks to a grant from The Home Depot that funded an expansion more than quadrupling the department’s size.
A formerly empty truck bay attached to the back of city hall received a complete makeover, complete with multiple office spaces, a reception area to meet with the public, lockers for patrolmen and a TV area for watching training videos.
For a department that never even had a sign of its own, the project is a big step forward.