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Police substation opening on Main Street

'This is a chance to make the cops more visible'

September 08, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — It's been a long time, but expect to start seeing a cop walking the beat downtown, at least occasionally, starting about now.

For some time, local police have been working to set up a part-time Main Street "substation," and it's slated to open this weekend in the Community Connections office near Hamilton Street.

"There won't be someone there all the time," said Chief Daniel Charette. "But if someone wants to talk about an issue, they won't have to go to the police station and knock on doors."

The idea, he said, is to rotate officers through there periodically, with an auxiliary often on site. When an officer's there, a blue light will be in the window — typically 4-12 p.m., since the agency is there during the day.

It follows on the heels of a similar concept, run somewhat differently, in Webster. There, a police grant specifically enables the town to have a "walking beat" on Main Street, and that officer, Robert Ela, started working out of substation near the Thai Place Restaurant early this summer. He's usually there 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., although all of the officers have keys and stop down there occasionally.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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