Benton Park residents say neighborhood police substation is left -

Benton Park residents say neighborhood police substation is left unused

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Benton Park police substation vandalized (Credit: KMOV) Benton Park police substation vandalized (Credit: KMOV)

One of St. Louis neighborhood's police substation is missing something important, officers, and vandals are aware.                                              

Some Benton Park residents say the graffiti on the side of the Benton Park substation was an insult to injury. Some also say they would not know the building was a police substation, since there is no police presence.

The building became a police substation when residents and the Benton Park Neighborhood Association looked for a solution to trouble in the park.

One association member says they did everything to set it up by paying for a phone line and a computer.

Eric Wilkinson, a Benton Park resident said, "The neighborhood association has a lot of volunteers that stepped forward to donate things like microwaves, refrigerators, vacuums. They also have a list of people ready to resupply it with snacks and drinks.”

St. Louis Police say they are aware officers do not use the Benton Park substation, but they are encouraged to be visible on the street.

A few blocks away on Arsenal, News 4 Reporter Matt Sczesny said police were visible while using a substation set up in a convenience store on March 29.   

"I think it would be a great thing if they came up in their vehicles and interacted with the community. It's a good setting for the police to engender and foster some goodwill between the community and themselves," said Wilkinson.

The Benton Park Neighborhood Association says since the substation is not proving to be popular with police, they are looking at other uses for that building to make the area better.

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