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City of Lubbock moving toward new facilities for LPD

Updated: Jun. 26, 2018 at 10:47 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This evening, Lubbock City Councilman Steve Massengale hosted a public safety town hall at Lubbock ISD's Miller Elementary.

Some of the topics included LbkAlert, the neighborhood watch program, and juvenile curfew - among other things.

One of the more notable topics was the move toward community policing.

"It's our move to community policing and de-centralization of our police department," Massengale said. "Lubbock's grown to the size that we need our police officers closer to our neighborhoods. We also heard from citizens; they want police officers closer to our neighborhoods and so that's what we'll achieve with de-centralization."

The city has established one substaion will be located at 19th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, but there has not been any official location for the north and south substations, he said.

The idea behind de-centralization is to become closer to the community and evaluate its needs. And on Thursday the city council will also look into the architectural development of these substations.

"We're looking at three different locations – each substation is basically going to be its own police department," Jerry Brewer, assistant chief of police, said. "It'll have a patrol commander over it. It'll have patrol officers there. We'll even have a detective squad that's assigned to that area and we'll work cases within that area."

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