New Home for State Police Swiftwater Barracks

This is troopers first full week at new location

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A State Police barracks in the Poconos is now empty. Signs have been stripped from the building and troopers vehicles are no longer parked outside.

That's because State Police Swiftwater barracks moved last Wednesday to a brand new 17,000 square foot building along Rimrock Road in Hamilton Township. The property boasts perimeter security fencing and an impound lot with 44 spaces.

"They're probably overdue. The area is growing, it's gotten bigger and bigger and bigger," says Charles Cunningham of Pocono Lake.

The former Pocono Township location along Route 611 in Swiftwater is now empty. All that's left behind is a handwritten note taped to the window, directing visitors seven miles away.

The barracks cover five townships and Interstates 80 and 380. The new location is a centralized point between all those areas.
 
"Well it will be a shorter response time," says bernard Uckele.

The lease was up at State Police's former location. Now they have big plans in store for the new property, including a potential shooting range and helicopter pad.

"In a way it's good to have the police close and you'll feel safer," Uckele adds.

Lilly Miller says dodging traffic to reach the former barracks was a nightmare, especially during construction season. The new location is more easily accessible, and State Police are now closer to their calls.

"I think it's a good idea to move and cover everything they can because there's so much stuff going on with crime," Miller adds.

If you live in PSP Swiftwater's jurisdiction and need assitance, visit the new location from now on.

State Police declined and interview with Eyewitness News until a dedication ceremony they have planned later this month.
 


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