LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Tuesday, Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens posted a photo showing the location marker for LPD's future east substation off 19th & MLK.
LPD is partnering with MWM Architects & Dewberry to design the three substation concepts.
"We are THE city in West Texas and in any direction for five hours, we are it," Stevens said. "Lubbock, Texas is the big city of West Texas."
Taking steps to be a trailblazer for West Texas law enforcement, the Lubbock Police Department got one step closer by marking the future location for LPD's East substation.
These buildings, which will be roughly 11,000 square feet and modeled about the same, are already in the design process. Three of these substations are currently planned for North, East, and South Lubbock, with Southwest Lubbock getting one 15 to 20 years in the future as well.
"We took a very strategic approach, a very analytical approach, and we want to anticipate which way the city's growing," Stevens explained. "What will eventually occur is sort of a diamond shape. The city will have to look down the road as population grows, as the city continues to grow, and they'll have to decide on the placement of that fourth substation."
Chief Stevens says that Lubbock is the only city of its size in the state without substations, emphasizing the importance of community policing.
"Rather than one police department and one police station trying to serve a quarter of a million people, still with the umbrella of one police department, but you have a single police station servicing a population of about 80,000 people," Stevens said. "We'll have a much closer, much more intimate relationship with the people that we serve in those given community police station..."