THOMASTON, Maine — The little white building on the side of Route 1 that has served as the Maine State Police barracks for Troop D will be empty as of July 1.
Col. Patrick Fleming, chief of the state police, said moving out of the oldest state police barracks in the state is a cost-saving measure designed to meet the state budget this year. It is expected to save about $28,000 in 2010-11.
Residents should not notice a difference in service, Fleming said. The troopers will keep their regular patrols, but will rely more heavily on filing reports from their patrol cars instead of heading to the office. The troopers will be based from Augusta.
“It won’t have any effect on the troopers or the response,” Fleming said. “It’s just a relocation of the troop itself.”
The troopers will continue to be dispatched out of Augusta, as they have been.
Fleming explained that barracks are “not like a police office where they report every day,” as most troopers start their days in their patrol cars and may not see the office for a week. “It will be seamless to people covered by the troop,” he said.
Fleming said the decision to vacate the building was not an easy one to make. Thomaston’s is the oldest barracks in the state. The troop has a lieutenant, a secretary, three sergeants and 24 troopers.
Troop D covers the midcoast, including: Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox counties, the southern half of Kennebec County and part of northern Cumberland County.
The building belongs to the state Bureau of General Services.