State police assert response time will be same or better with station closing


State police barracks in Ephrata set for shuttering

Shifting to Lincoln Highway on Friday

Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era

Updated Aug 14, 2012 10:06

Originally Published Aug 13, 2012 22:52

By DAN NEPHIN
Staff Writer

At the end of Friday’s 3-11 p.m. shift, the Ephrata barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police will effectively cease to exist.

After that, troopers and staff will work out of the Lincoln Highway East barracks. About 20 people work out of Ephrata.

Calls to Ephrata’s barracks number after it closes will reroute to Lincoln Highway, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said Monday.

And for a month or so, she said, greeters will remain at Ephrata to help anyone who may stop in.

“Our people are going to be there for the transition,” Finn said.

She also said police response will be the same or better coming from the consolidated barracks.

Earlier this year, Lancaster faced losing its headquarters. Under the plan being considered, Lancaster and Ephrata stations would report to Troop L in Reading.

Local officials criticized the plan, in part because Lincoln Highway houses specialized units such as forensic services and accident reconstruction.

A month ago, the state police said the barracks would remain. Commissioner Frank Noonan took into account local input, Finn said then.

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