Residents & business owners happy to hear of downtown police precinct expansion

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — People who live and work downtown Mobile are happy to hear that Mobile Police will be expanding the police precinct on Dauphin Street.

On Tuesday, Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced that the Central Events mini-precinct on Dauphin Street across from Cathedral Square will become a full precinct. He said there are more businesses and people downtown now, and that requires a greater police presence. 

Right now officers work out of the precinct for special events like Mardi Gras that draw thousands of people downtown. The plan is to increase staffing to have a more steady patrols downtown throughout the year.

“Mobile has been growing vastly over the years and I think it’s time,” said Spot of Tea General Manager Chrissi Moore. “Their presence is well welcomed.”

The precinct won’t be home to the typical motorized patrol teams. Officers will be on bikes, segways, and horses, according to Public Safety Director James Barber.

People who live downtown are confident this will make the area safer.

“I walk my dog every day and at night, I take him out twice a day. So, having a police presence around, I’ll feel safe,” said Roumania Griffin.

The precinct is set to open in March, but Director Barber says the increase in staffing will be gradual.

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