Budget passed Tuesday will help in community policing efforts, interim chief says

KCBD Evening Newscast 6 p.m. community policing 9/10/2019

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - On Tuesday, Lubbock City Council approved the 2019-2020 budget that includes a one-cent tax increase that will go towards public safety improvements, which entails $60 million in improvement plans for the Lubbock Police Department.

Interim Chief Brewer said this $60 million project will help with what he calls “community policing”, which he defines as the police and the community interacting with each other and having the police focusing on the needs of communities.

The money will go toward a new downtown police headquarters at Citizens Tower, a new municipal court, a new property warehouse and three substations.

Brewer says he thinks substations will help the department reach the goal of community policing, explaining that the substations will be more familiar with the issues of that community and that they will even have community rooms.

“The community can come and talk to the police or have their own neighborhood association meetings there. We’re gearing it up so that’s it’s not a police-only facility," Brewer said. "It’s a police-community facility where the community is invited to participate in various activities in their community that will be able to host.”

He says the different substations will really get to know the needs of their communities.

“One side may have concerns about vehicle burglaries. We’re going to work with them to help with that," Brewer said. "Another side may have a concern with abandoned vehicles in their neighborhood. We’re going to work with them on that.”

With the one cent increase, the new tax rate will be $55.802 Per $100 dollar valuation. The average homeowner in Lubbock will see about a 15 dollar extra charge every year.

The first substation in East Lubbock is set to begin construction in a couple of months.

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