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City leaders okay proposal for new Phenix City police precinct

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith says the new building coming up in Lakewood Park will be the city's third police precinct. this will give officers more access to the city's north end, south end and its main location.

"It'll increase our visibility in the area of town where we have these precincts," Smith explains.

He says that is the primary objective for requesting money for the newest police building. If all goes as planned 90 days from now, cleared land in Lakewood Park will be home to the city's north-end police precinct.

Smith adds, "It puts us at easy access to 431 through the Pierce Road corridor, and also on the other side of the north end through Riverchase Drive."

The new proposal is also expected to provide better coverage by spreading resources across the city.

"There's about nine to ten officers that work on a squad per day," He explains. "What'll happen is anywhere from three to four of those officers will be assigned to the north parts of the area, three to four to the south and the remaining two or three to the west," Smith tells News Leader Nine.

The north-end location will join the newly renovated south-end location on 5th Street South, and Smith tells us he hopes the new precincts will help increase community policing.

Smith adds, "We'll certainly use these precincts for meetings for Neighborhood Watch programs, training amongst the citizens and even our department itself. We may use those as training opportunities."

Phenix City Council unanimously approved the proposal of the Lakewood Park precinct. Smith tells us he hopes to have the north end precinct at Lakewood Park and the south end precinct on 5th Street South staffed and ready the end of the summer.

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