SPD Substation Intended to Lower Crime & Bring Business
Chief Wayne Smith describes the future police substation as a hub of activity once it's built just north of Downtown Shreveport.
The Shreveport Police Department unveiled the location where a substation will be built. They did so Thursday [November 16] with a ceremonial groundbreaking before the several dozen people who came to hear the news. At the moment the property is an empty lot just north of downtown Shreveport, in the 1500 block of North Market Street. It is on land donated to the department by the north Shreveport Business Association.
And the expectations for success are high. The thinking goes that more police presence leads to less crime. An improved environment then has the potential to attract more businesses to north Shreveport. Chief Wayne Smith told us about all the advantages of having this police substation. “At this location there will be a regiment of resources that are assigned to this community. Police officers, police cars and all the other resources we need to do our job. This will be their permanent home to service this community.”
On a practical, day-to-day level the new substation, according to their news release, “will provide a direct point of contact for assistance and fostering a pro-active approach to public safety.” Officials say bids for construction just went out.