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Female officers in Saratoga to get facilities

Women officers had to change one at a time in the cramped locker room, and their choices of bathrooms were to use the men's locker-room or go downstairs to the public bathroom.

"It has blown my mind that they have finally addressed it," she said.

Female officers have pleaded for better conditions at the department for years.

"It was basically that we would eventually have a new police station and the problem would be solved," Quattrini said.

They broke down late last year and filed a complaint with the state Division of Human Rights.

Kim admits the fix is certainly not a long-term solution. For years, the 1800s police station has been partitioned to meet the demands of a growing police force. A plan too build a new public safety building has been on the back burner for years and recently Kim has renewed the push to see the $8 million set aside last year to build it, put to use.

It's more than facilities for women, he said. The holding cells are cramped and their locking mechanisms are from the 1800s. Once city crews and outside contractors finish up the work the entire force of 72 will lose space for training, filing reports and shift roll calls, he said.""

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