JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- The lobby area of the Jamestown Police Department is now equipped with a bulletproof window, frame and metal partition.
The new ballistic glass replaces the former regular window and wood bottom to better protect the receptionist and command desk officers. Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings says budget constraints over the years have prevented the project from taking shape in the past.
Dawson Metal and Dawson Doors, in Jamestown for more than 70 years, designed and custom-built the wall. D&S Glass, in Jamestown since 1946, supplied the bulletproof glass and installed the entire project in a little more than a day.
"It's better to have it and not need it, and to make them feel safer because they are exposed out there," said Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings.
Former County Executive Greg Edwards helped line up the funding for the more than $20,000 project, with Lynn Development, Allied Fire Protection Services, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company and Shults Auto Group each donating $5,000 through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.