26 Shank Painter Road

26 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

26 Shank Painter Road, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Provincetown Police Department RMP, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Provincetown Police Department RMP, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

The people of Provincetown have a hard time agreeing on anything regarding the Police Department. But it seems to be generally acknowledged that the former King & Fahey Funeral Home, dating to 1975, has outlived its usefulness as Police Headquarters after 30 years of wear, tear, ad hoc repair, and constant overstuffing. Jeff Jaran, who was then chief, took the remarkable step in 2012 of personally documenting many of the station’s most glaring deficiencies in a 25-minute video called Police Station Tour. This 6,000-square-foot structure serves one chief, one lieutenant, four patrol sergeants, three detectives, 10 patrol officers, four dispatchers, and two administrative staff members, plus seasonal officers. Before 1984, the police had been quartered in Town Hall, where vestiges of jail cells can still be seen in the basement.


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