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Home  |  News  |  Columbia Police Substation Coming to Devine Street

Columbia Police Substation Coming to Devine Street
Wednesday, September 21, 2011


COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) -- A new partnership could leave you feeling a bit safer in your community.

The Columbia Police Department plans to open a new substation on Devine Street, in the same building at the Shell Pitt Stop service station.

The substation comes from an agreement with a local business owner, Robert Brandi. Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott says they wouldn't have been able to create the facility without that partnership.

"As law enforcement we're not just contained to a headquarters or a box, we wanna be in the community and here's a perfect example," said Scott.

In a matter of weeks, the department's hospitality team will move into the substation, putting them closer to entertainment districts and growing the department's visibility in the area.

"The goal is to go out and build that relationship with these owners of these businesses and the managers and to kinda try to find out what questions or concerns they're having as well as issues that we're seeing," said Tyson Hass, who will work in the new space.

Brandi came up with the idea. He says he's set up other partnership similar to this one with law enforcement agencies in Richland and Lexington Counties.

"We started the renovation here, and we said we do have room, and we believed that it would work well in this community and the chief agreed and that's where it got start,." said Brandi.

The department doesn't have to pay to use the facility or cover utilities, making it a cost effective way to do business for the Columbia Police Department.

"As government our budget is limited, but we do as much as we can, but when the community comes in and assists law enforcement everyone's a winner," said Scott.

Some Shell customers say they didn't notice the substation as they pulled up to the pump, but others did and say they're glad to have its presence in the community.

"It's something that you can see and know that they're in the area," said Paul Sanderson.

The department still has a few finishing touches left to do on the space, but Scott says they're excited.

"This is just an example of how the city of Columbia Police Department is reaching out with our private and community policing partnerships," said Scott.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/152141/2/Columbia-Police-Substation-Coming-to-Devine-Street

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