In 2013, the people of Provincetown were having a hard time agreeing on anything regarding the Police Department. But it seemed to be generally acknowledged that a former funeral home, dating to 1975, had long since outlived its usefulness as police headquarters after 29 years of wear, tear, ad hoc repair and constant overstuffing. Just what the answer would be — a rebuilt station on this site, or a new station downtown or at 24 Race Point Road — remained elusive as this was being written. Chief Jeff Jaran had taken 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, introduced by Town Manager Sharon Lynn. It was difficult to watch it and conclude that everything was just fine as is.
Police Chief Jeff Jaran in the dispatch room, on a video tour. [Link]
The King & Fahey Funeral Home, which originally occupied this building, was run by Brian A. King (b 1947). It was purchased by the town in 1984 to serve as a home for the Police Department, which had been quartered in Town Hall. (Vestiges of the jail cells can still be seen in the Town Hall basement. They were deliberately preserved during the recent renovation.) This structure has 6,000 square feet of space, less than half the size of the fire headquarters across the road. It is used by Chief Jaran, one lieutenant, four patrol sergeants, three detectives, 10 patrol officers, four dispatchers and several other employees, plus seasonal officers. • Formerly denominated 14 Shank Painter Road. • Map • Assessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-09-01
The breath analyzer, to test drunken drivers, sits at by a staircase and next to the boiler room. This and four images below — the armory, booking area and jail cells — come from a 2012 video by Provincetown Community TV. [Link]