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Forty Fort Police Department Completes Renovations

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FORTY FORT -- It's been more than 40 years since the Forty Fort Police headquarters was renovated, but now it has a whole new look.

Renovations started a month after security video showed a man pounding on two sliding glass windows at the Forty Fort Police Department in June 2015. The man then hopped on top of the counter, sprawling himself across it.

Now, the department's entrance is more secure and the rest of the police station has been renovated. It's all thanks to more than $115,000 it received from two grants, including casino tax money.

More security cameras have been added, the holding area is now better protected with stainless steel walls, and many of the wooden doors have been replaced with steel doors.

“It's a safer environment for us. It's a safer environment for anyone we bring, whether it's an interview or someone we bring in custody,” said Asst. Police Chief William Stone.

Officers in the police department even did some of the work, saving the borough money.

“Doing a project such as this could have possibly raised taxes for the residents, and we were able to not have that happen,” said Bonnie Arnone, the Forty Fort borough manager.

Many people who stopped by the newly remodeled police department agree it's a big improvement.

The renovated police department was dedicated to Patrolman Robert Mack, who died in the line of duty nearly 70 years ago. A plaque honoring him and hangs on one of the walls at the police station.