City of Lubbock Will Host Open Houses for Public Safety Project

Focusing on police substations

LUBBOCK TX - The City of Lubbock announced plans to hold three open houses beginning Monday, October 30th, to share their Public Safety Improvement Project.

"As our city grows, we see the need to be out in the community, and have a continuous presence there," Assistant Lubbock Police Chief Neal Barron said.

The Lubbock Police Department, along with the City, pushed for a decentralized police force. They said it would improve the quality of the system in three ways: by providing ease of access, creating familiarity between officers and the citizens they serve, and heightening their presence.

The Council started talking about substations, in addition to a new downtown headquarters and property facility almost one year ago. The cost discussed early on was roughly $60 million.

"We need to analyze exact locations, get tighter on what the cost will be and how we'll pay for it," District 3 Councilman Jeff Griffith said, "Because we don't have the money to pay for it."

Before moving forward, the City wanted to hear from its citizens at one of three open houses.

"We really want citizen involvement, and hope they will come listen and ask questions," Griffith said, "Maybe they've got ideas."

"We hope they'll come out and tour the existing [Lubbock Police Department] facility, and see the need for something new," Chief Barron said.

Open houses will be held on:

    Monday, October 30
      5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Heritage Middle School
      6110 73rd Street

    Monday, November 6
      5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Mae Simmons Senior Center
      2004 Oak Avenue

    Tuesday, November 7
      4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
      Lubbock Police Department
      916 Texas Avenue

In addition to project and community policing information, the open house at the Lubbock Police Department will include tours of the facility. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend the open houses.

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