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Bevo Mill residents excited for new police substation

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The Bevo Mill neighborhood held a grand opening for their new police substation Saturday morning.

The new station comes after a rash of crime in the 'Bevo Mill' neighborhood during the past few months.

"We've been expecting this for a while and now it's actually happening,” said resident Adolfo Pacheco.

Pacheco is among many who came out to celebrate the opening. "I think police presence is needed. Not just here but in every neighborhood. We don't have enough police officers I don't think on duty,” Pacheco said.

Having a police presence became more urgent after a Bosnian immigrant was beaten to death with a hammer back in November of 2014.

Police have said the substation will help reduce similar crimes.

"Hopefully it will keep more cars in the Bevo neighborhood and give us a bigger impact on crime,” said District One Commander, Captain Steven Miller.

Right now, there are four officers who walk and ride bicycles around the neighborhood. They'll use the building as an office, a place for making phone calls or completing police reports.

In fact, the community came up with the more than two thousand dollars needed to purchase a computer for filing those reports and for other ongoing expenses.

"The community has really come together to take a more proactive stance in being protective of each other and preserving their community,” Miller said.

Bevo residents said the idea is to show their support for the officers helping to keep crime at bay.

"It's very important for the neighborhood to keep a solid neighborhood, community and have everyone feel more secure having the police right here at their disposal,” said Laura Owens.

"Get involved. Walk around. Take your dogs out. That's what you got to do and when you see a police officer, give them the support that they deserve,” Pacheco said.

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