Police substation now opened

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A new police substation designed for residents of Salisbury's troubled West Side is now operating inside Hall's Gym on W. Bank St.

The substation officially opened on Tuesday afternoon.  It is open for two hours on Tuesday afternoons, and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 on Thursdays.

In May of this year, the Salisbury Police Department hosted a community meeting at the Miller Recreational Center, which was designed for the purposes of revealing the department's new structure and its revised efforts aimed at better serving the West End community, according to Chief Rory Collins.

Chief Collins says that during that meeting residents of the community made it clear that rather than hearing from the department, residents wanted the department to hear from them.

The intent of this West End Police Substation is to fulfill that request, and to demonstrate to the community that we are committed to doing all we can to serve them, according to the chief.

The West End Police Substation will be staffed by the department's new Community Relations Officer, Reuben Ijames, on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. and on Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m..

From time to time, the meetings may also be attended by other Police Department or city staff.  It is our hope that, by providing two separate days during the week, along with an afternoon and an evening option, that those who wish to speak with the officer may be able to do so.