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ASHBY — The Ashby police station will soon have improved security, thanks to the selectmen’s approval to purchase a new surveillance system.

“The police station needs a reliable security system to detain prisoners safely and protect employees,” wrote Chief of Police Paul Lundin to the Board of Selectmen.

In addition to increased safety, the new system will allow police to record interviews and interrogations.

“This practice is becoming the standard and will enhance our ability to prosecute criminals and protect employees from false claims by suspects,” wrote Lundin.

Ashby’s station currently has two working cameras that Lundin described as having poor image quality and no ability to record.

“I propose installing a system of six color day/night cameras (interior and exterior), a monitor and a digital video recorder,” wrote Lundin.

Once purchased, the system should satisfy long-term needs.

“The system is a nine channel DVR so we would have room to grow and the portability to move the system to a new police station in the future,” wrote Lundin.

The approved project will cost $4,900 and Lundin has enough remaining in a municipal building repair account to cover the purchase.

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