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Progress Made on Police Station Study, PHS Jaywalking

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
05:05PM / Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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The Police Advisory Committee held its monthly meeting on Monday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kaestle Boos Associates Inc. is expected to provide a preliminary draft of a police station feasibility study by the end of the week.

Police Chief Michael Wynn said the company has been in town in the last month and will provide him with a first look at the study results later this week. Then the company will begin the final product.

Kaestle Boos was chosen for the $30,000 study to develop options, departmental needs and costs estimates for the city. The study is the first step toward replacement of the current 74-year-old Allen Street building. The final report is expected to be completed by June.

In other business, Police Advisory Committee members Katie Roucher and Phyllis Smith reported on efforts to prevent students from jaywalking in front of Pittsfield High School. Jaywalking over East Street during lunch and after school had become a hot topic leading to the mayor, school officials and the Police Advisory Committee to discuss ways to improve it.

Some months later, Pittsfield High students told the committee that their classmates are taking heed of the issue and working to reduce the number of jaywalking incidents. School officials also deployed a vice principal to supervise the student's activity after school.

"They're working on it. They're making progress," Smith said.

Wynn also reported on Monday that the new crime analyst is "working out well." She had was recently hired by the city and is already showing progress in solving crimes. Wynn said the most recent accomplishment was finding links between recovered weapons and unsolved shooting incidents.

The creation of the new position came on a recommendation from the Police Advisory Committee.


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