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Police Substations

Fri., March 21, 1997

In addition to the main station at Seventh & I-35, APD has two substations and ten neighborhood centers. What's the difference between the two? The substations are really mini-police stations used to deploy officers quickly into the city's six sectors -- not much touchy-feely interaction between the police and residents there. For that kind of thing, try your neighborhood center. Ten of them, including the Mobile Cops Unit, were created to serve as a liaison between police headquarters and the community, and to give more support to troubled areas.

The North substation houses the two "point-person" sector lieutenants and officers for Northeast and Northwest Austin; the lieutenants and officers for the other four sectors of town are located at the East substation. There is no foyer, no "customer service" area, no person to answer your questions. Best idea: Use the telephone to contact the lieutenant in your sector if you have information about criminal activity in your area, an idea for community-style policing, or want to invite him or her to your next neighborhood meeting. Take the time to get to know your sector lieutenant and familiarize him or her with problems in your community -- as indicated in the main article on community policing, sector lieutenants need to work closely with residents to solve problems. Besides, it couldn't hurt to befriend your local cop.

North Substation: 12425 Lamplight Village 78727

Adam Sector (Northwest): Lt. Alan Riske, 837-8224

Edward Sector (Northeast): Lt. Keith Leach, 834-7967

East Substation: 812 Springdale Rd. 78702

Baker Sector (downtown / UT area): Lt. Greg Lasley, 385-7741

Charlie Sector (Central East): Lt. Manuel Peña, 385-7726

David Sector (Southwest): Lt. Mike Ford, 385-7722

Frank Sector (Southeast): Lt. Robert Dahlstrom, 385-7721

Neighborhood Centers

Although many communities served by the centers are asking APD to expand their hours to the nighttime when most residents are home from work, unless otherwise noted in the list below, the centers are open only during daytime hours from 8am-4pm. There is only one officer per center, and that officer is responsible for meeting with the neighborhood associations or individual citizens within their area to hear complaints about criminal activities and to provide crime prevention tips. If you have a recurring crime problem in your neighborhood, or want advice on how to start a Neighborhood Watch program in your area, call the officer at your center.

905 Bedford (Booker T. Washington Community): Officer Edward Robertson, 480-8014; Noon-8

211 Comal: Officer Carlos Casas, 472-7258

2701 E. 7th: Due to a staffing shortage, Officer Casas is temporarily in charge here as well, 322-9209

1009 E. 11th: Officer Rickie Davis, 478-3629

7517 Cameron Rd., #104: Officer Eddie Holland, Officer Michael Carter, 458-6281

4700 Loyola Ln., #105: Officer Fred Simpson, 926-9932

5405 Pleasant Valley: Officer Jonetta Ellison, 326-1463

1416 Montopolis: Officer William Blackman, 389-3453

539 Oltorf: Officer Roger Behr, 448-0546

Mobile Cops: Officer Roman Lopez, 517-5521; cell phone, 458-6253; Cameron Rd. office

Note: The officers at substations and neighborhood centers are not there to respond to emergency calls, so if you need immediate police assistance, call 911. -- L.C.B.

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