Friday morning, the City of Lubbock officially broke ground for their newest Lubbock Police Department Substation. The North Substation will be located at 5910 Erskine Street. The other two LPD Substations are already under construction: the East Substation at 1901 East 19th Street and the South Substation at 140th Street and Indiana Avenue. Pictured at Friday's groundbreaking is LPD Chief Floyd Mitchell (L), Lubbock City Councilwoman Latrelle Joy (C), and local developer Jordan Wheatley (R).

Lubbock Police officials note that decentralization of LPD officers will increase community-oriented policing, and allow for an increased presence in Lubbock neighborhoods.

“Community policing allows relationships to grow and partnerships to form between citizens and the department, bringing the entire community together to keep our streets safe,” said Chief Floyd Mitchell. “By building these substations, our officers will work directly in the communities they serve and protect, leading to these important relationships. This direct interaction within our buildings, especially the community room, transform the substations into more than a police station, they will become community facilities serving the neighborhoods they are within.”

LPD North Substation rendering, City of Lubbock

“Public safety is the City Council's number one priority, and breaking ground on our third police substation is a major step in ushering in the new era of public safety in Lubbock,” said Lubbock City Councilmember Steve Massengale. “The City is committed to improving the lives of all citizens, and we think community policing is a way to ensure that."

All three substations will have a community room that can house neighborhood watch meetings, community organization meetings and police-led community events.

The East Substation is the first substation expected to be completed. It should open in late 2020 or early 2021.