Chief gives tour of outdated HQ, makes the case for new police s

Chief gives tour of outdated HQ, makes the case for new police substations

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Police Chief Greg Stevens conducts a tour of LPD headquarters, driving home the point that there are significant issues with the state of the building. 

It is extremely dated, with carpeting recycled from the Lubbock airport and walls that were erected in the mid-80s and early 90s.  It is susceptible to flooding, which damages valuable documents and it's insulated with asbestos.  

There is space so badly in need of repair that it can no longer be used.  Chief Stevens making the argument for why future monies shouldn't be put into this facility.

"The officers need to have a place they enjoy coming to work at, and my whole career I've watched it from a standpoint that we put a little paint here, we do a couple of things there and I've always felt like I'm a valued employee," he said. "I think one of the ways that you show that is that we have to support and the infrastructure so that the officers have what it takes to go to calls." 

The police department building is part of municipal square. It houses the original fire and police stations and municipal court on the west side of the building and city hall was located in the space currently occupied by LPD. 

"We have one police station serving 250,000 people and that's where a lot of the inefficiency comes from, and the fact that we don't have much of a personal relationship out in the communities," Stevens said. "What we are looking at is going to substations, where you'll have one police station serving about 80,000 people." 

The original plan was to shift the police department to the current city hall when it moves to Citizens Tower.

That plan has fallen into disfavor, with the push now for three substations to enhance community policing.

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