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Pennsylvania State Police, government officials and members of the community officially opened the new police barracks in South Middleton Township with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Wednesday.

“Today, we celebrate the closing of the Commerce Avenue station, and many years of memories. We also celebrate the future with an iconic facility that will be a cornerstone in the Carlisle community for the years to come,” said Capt. Jeremy Richard, commanding officer of Troop H.

State Police at Carlisle had operated out of a barracks in the 1500 block of Commerce Drive for 21 years before moving in August to the new facility at 2 Dunwoody Drive, located just down Alexander Spring Road from the old facility.

The 14,371-square-foot facility on a 4.73-acre tract is roughly twice the size of the old barracks. State Police hold a 15-year lease on the facility with a five-year extension option, and will pay a little more than $38,000 a month on the lease.

The facility was developed by SP Carlisle Associates LLC of Dillsburg.

Richard said in his remarks that the new facility was built to address increased staffing levels and improvements in technology, adding that the 79 troopers and civilian employees stationed at the barracks would have made up about a quarter of the complement of 228 men who represented the entirety of the State Police force when it was founded in 1905. Lt. John G. Yunk III, commander of the Carlisle station, said the troopers are grateful for the new station and they look forward to serving the residents and visitors of Cumberland County as they continue the history of the State Police.

State Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland County, who provided the keynote address at the ceremony, said the Carlisle barracks is one of the busiest in the state, with troopers covering 14 townships and three boroughs. Troopers from the barracks have responded to 33,000 calls this year, he said.

“Troopers are truly deserving of this expenditure of taxpayer dollars. The work they do is just beyond words,” he said.

The ceremony included the raising of the United States and Pennsylvania flags, as well as the singing of the national anthem and a recitation of the Pennsylvania State Police call of honor.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.