By Christine Bryant
In an effort to increase accessibility, the Reynoldsburg Police Department is opening a new substation.
The new Brice and Livingston area substation will open Dec. 19 at 6553 E. Livingston Avenue in the Blacklick Plaza shopping center. It is the second of two substations, with the first opening in the Taylor Square shopping area at 7639 Farmsbury Drive.
“The plan is to make the officers more accessible while at the same time making it more convenient to file a complaint or report,” said Officer Tony Hines, who serves as the community resource officer and department recruiter.
The substations, which are open to the public, serve the same purpose as the main police station with the exception of having a jail holding facility, Hines said. Residents can visit the substations anytime or can make appointments to meet officers.
In addition to holding meetings, conducting interviews, taking reports and following up on incidents, the department also plans to host community events at each substation.
For example, on Dec. 16, the Taylor Square area substation hosted a “Coffee with a Cop.” The event was part of a series that welcomed residents to stop by and enjoy a beverage and snack while meeting Reynoldsburg Police officers and Community Resource Bureau staff.
Hines said the addition of the Taylor Square area substation benefited the community by allowing residents to communicate with an officer while out running day-to-day errands.
“It has benefited businesses by cutting down on response times and allowing them to maximize their resources without taking up too much time going to the police station to sign documents or drop off evidence,” he said.
The officers benefit by having an additional place to stop and do paperwork or hold interviews or meetings, Hines said.
“It also gives them a place to warm up, take breaks or make follow up calls without having to go back to the department,” he said.
The department is planning an open house at the newest substation on Livingston Avenue sometime after the holidays. Until then, Hines said the public is welcome to stop by and visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 19 during the substation’s first official day.