WPD looking to add substation

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WILMINGTON — Wilmington Police are hoping to step up their presence in the community by adding a substation in southeast Wilmington.

City Council will vote at Tuesday night’s meeting on whether or not to buy a piece of property off south college road. About 50 officers would be based there.

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The piece of land is a two-story commercial building near the intersection of Shipyard and College. The proposed price of the property is more than $1 million.

Right now, all police work is done out of the Wilmington Police Department in downtown Wilmington. The deputy chief says there will be numerous benefits to adding a substation.

WPD Deputy Chief DB Conklin said, “It will help with response time… The officers won’t have to come here to do obviously simple paperwork, they can do the paperwork right there at the office. Public meetings we’ll be able to have out there.”

Some people who might not be so happy about the new station are the owners of two bars directly next door to the proposed property. The owner of Slick and Red’s says he is sure the police station will kill his business.

Dick Gilbert says he plans to attend tomorrow’s City Council meeting. He also says he has started a petition to get the police department to pick another location.

The police department responded to the bar owner’s complaints by saying they will be “good neighbors wherever they go.”