Pennsylvania State Police troopers in Carlisle have a new home.
State Police announced Wednesday that its new facility at 2 Dunwoody Drive in South Middleton Township officially opened this month. The new facility is less than a mile from the old building and is located near UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle hospital.
For the last 21 years, State Police operated out of a barracks in the 1500 block of Commerce Avenue in South Middleton Township.
The new facility, which is being leased by state police for 15 years with a five-year extension option, was developed by SP Carlisle Associates LLC of Dillsburg. State Police will pay a little more than $38,000 a month to lease the building, which includes all services like water, sewer, electric and cleaning, according to Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer Brent Miller.
Miller said this is comparable to full-service leases for other buildings in the area. The State Police lease for the former building was about $9,400, but included only the cost of the building, Miller said.
State police in York and Franklin counties have seen similar increases in lease payments and added services with the lease as they move into new facilities in 2018, according to news reports.
Construction of a new State Police barracks in the Carlisle area could start in the summer if land development plans are approved.
South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley said he was glad the State Police headquarters remains in South Middleton Township, adding that other areas of Cumberland County had been explored.
“We’ve been so pleased with the state police,” Faley said. “As far as complaints, (I haven’t received any) in the last decade and a half. I attribute that to their professionalism.”
Faley said state police has helped with addressing any speeding issues the township brings up. The township relies on state police coverage rather than employing a municipal police department.
Faley said that had been a factor in his reluctance to vote for a casino.
“That would have asked a little too much of state police. We’re already well served,” he said.
Plans for the 14,371-square-foot building were approved by the township in October and construction began shortly after.
The facility, located on a 4.73-acre tract, is roughly twice the size of the old barracks and needed because of population growth in the county and the correlating increase in the size of the state police force, according to a news release issued by state police.
“Shifting demographics in Cumberland County, including a growing population and thriving economy, have created an increased need for law enforcement service,” state police said in the news release. “The complement of troopers assigned to the Carlisle station has more than doubled over the years.”