New police office set to open downtown
A Baton Rouge Police office will open in downtown Baton Rouge later this year.
The Metro Council approved $300,000 for the project, which will make room for equipment storage, prisoner processing and work space. About five bicycle units will use the space during normal business hours.
The new office will open at Third Street and Convention Street by the end of the year. Downtown leaders say the extra presence will be a good thing.
"We've long seen it as a need down here to have that presence with so many entertainment events downtown," said Executive Director of the Downtown Development District Davis Rhorer.
Baton Rouge Police say it is important to note that the new office won't function as a precinct or substation yet.
"Anyone downtown who might have a problem still needs to call 911," said Sergeant Don Kelly. "If it expands out as being a 24 operation, then we will put signage up and encourage people downtown to come there."
The project is scheduled to bid out in about two weeks. The state is leasing the space to the city free of charge.
Most people on the streets called the extra office a good thing. However, some believe the building should be open when Third Street is the most crowded.
"That is at night," said Stephanie Weinman.