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Argyle Gets New Police Stop Station

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Argyle Gets New Police Stop Station

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

Argyle Forest is getting a new police stop station as part of its war against crime. And it may be setting up several new Neighborhood Watch programs. But it won't be getting a police substation.

The substation will remain in the Cedar Hills Shopping Center where it has been in donated quarters since 1997, Assistant Chief George Bennett told the Argyle Area Civic Council last week. Cedar Hills is a more central location than Argyle and is the population hub of Zone 4, said Bennett, who is the zone commander.

Civic Council leaders met with police at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church to explore the possibility of Argyle getting a substation in light of several high-profile incidents in the community.

The first substation was built near Wolfson High School on the Southside as part of a program that began in 1994 to put officers back in neighborhoods. In addition to the Cedar Hills substation, others have opened in donated quarters at Regency Square, Gateway and Highland Square.

The substation is like a precinct without jail facilities. Officers use the station for roll calls and other police business. Residents go there to report crimes, talk to police, pick up copies of crime and accident reports and have fingerprints taken for employment and bonding purposes.

Stop stations, on the other hand, are places where officers can write reports, make telephone calls and maintain a presence in the community. They are housed in supermarkets, convenience stores and other buildings.

Bennett said the stop station will be in the Argyle Forest and Blanding Boulevard area.

But David Hodges, civic council president, proposed "something in between a sub and a stop station," saying that a commercial landlord in the area is willing to donate space that's twice the size of a stop station.

"We will work with our commercial partnerships to do the renovations that you require," he said. …

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