Police show off new Westfield digs
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Westfield unveiled the newest addition to the mall. Though highly visible in a high-traffic location, don't expect the new addition to rack up many sales.
"As part of our tradition of community outreach, Westfield welcomes the Trumbull police, who open their new substation today," said Westfield Trumbull General Manager Bryan Gaus. "This new location in a high-traffic area provides great visibility for the police, and a great addition to the mall."
The new substation, located in the lower level corridor between the food court and Target wing, features workstations and meeting space for police stationed to the mall to work. It increases efficiency because officers no longer have to return to the Edison Road headquarters or work in cramped conditions inside their cars, said Deputy Chief Glenn Byrnes.
"This time of year, we increase our foot patrols in the mall, and it provides a central location for the officers to write reports, interview witnesses and hook into the department's computer system," Byrnes said. "It also gives us a meeting place in the event we need to call in mutual aid from another town. When their officers get here, they know where to find us."
The exterior of the substation features black and white paint, with the Trumbull police logo and Trumbull town seal. The outside light fixtures consist of green glass globes with "Police" printed on them, a feature specifically requested by Chief Thomas Kiely.
"These were specially made to resemble the lights at the old New York precinct houses," Kiely said. "It also gives great visibility in the event someone needs to find us."
First Selectman Timothy Herbst said the substation was another sign of the collaborative spirit between the town and the management at the mall.
"This would not have been possible if not for the partnership between Westfield and Trumbull," Herbst said. "This mall is the jewel in Trumbull's crown. As a regional destination, it is at the forefront of our town's renaissance."