The day after the Scituate town council approved $65,000 for the police department to move out of their contaminated building and into a temporary trailer, police administration gave ABC6 News a tour of their station.
"We spoke of the lead paint on this building - look at all the chips that are missing."
Chief Donald Delaere points out the chipped lead paint and overall unattractive front doorway that greets employees, visitors, and prisoners at the Scituate Police Department.
"This is how we bring our prisoners in when we have a lockup we bring them through the front door - it's a nightmare."
The department is getting ready to move into trailers soon, but that temporary solution is a long time coming.
"This building was number one on the Space Needs Committee to be replaced in December of1997."
And that was before the discovery of mold during a 2014 inspection - the issue back then labeled a critical recommendation to be addressed within 10 days.
"The previous administrations had these tests completed and were told that they had to correct the issues and they did not."
Three years later, mold is now accompanied by asbestos and lead.
"It’s bad extremely high levels of lead 40 to 50 times higher than what would be considered acceptable."
"It affects all the employees of the Scituate Police Department as well as the residents who come here and make a report.”
The chief is encouraging employees to get checked out. Some have reported dizziness and headaches over the years - especially those that frequent the basement, where seized weapons are now infested with mold, and years worth of evidence and records are at risk of being ruined
"All these floor tiles have been tested to be positive for asbestos."
The department will be working out of the station until those temporary trailers arrive in the next couple of weeks. Officers will be holding prisoners at other police departments, including the State Police headquarters.