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Savannah-Chatham Police to Open Substation in City Market

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When it comes to crime in Savannah, the Downtown entertainment district keeps Metro Police busy. In an attempt to cut down on crime, they have chosen to take a proactive approach and will soon have a much stronger presence, especially in City Market.

New at 11 – I met with a Crime Prevention officer and got a look into what will soon be the new City Market Substation.

 

This new substation has been almost a year in the making. It will not only increase police presence Downtown, but hopefully reduce crime. But the best part is, the space is donated and will not cost the city a dime.

Downtown Precinct Commander Mike Wilkins gave us the tour.

"We do get calls of disorder in the City Market court yard. I think this provides a measure of safety that wouldn't ordinarily exist."

From the second story office, police can see everything. Located just steps from many entertainment hot spots Downtown Wilkins says this space is exactly what they needed.

"If we don't stay down here and maintain a pulse of what is going on, it could very easily get out of hand, and we certainly don't want that."

At any given time, about 15 downtown officers will be in and out of the new substation. He says having an office in City Market will save officers from long commutes, allowing more time to patrol the streets.

"If there is something happening, it takes less manpower to prevent something than it would to react to something after it's occurred. So we will be in prevention mode. We will be coming to and from this area and increasing our presence."

He says the entertainment zone has been causing some problems recently.

"We've got issues that are up and down Jefferson Street. From Broughton up to Bryan there are a very large number of alcohol establishments, and there is nothing wrong with that, but our job is to make sure that those places and the people who frequent those places don't get out of control."

Seeing the need to boost safety, Wilkins says Metro and the City Market Association worked out a deal to rent this space free and clear.

"We are in a place where we need to be, but it's also good for City Market because we are where they need us to be. It's a win-win."

Metro will hold the lease for two years, but have the option to extend it to five years.

On Friday they are hosting an open house at 3 p.m. the substation is located next to wild wing on West Saint Julian Street.

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