Expect to see more police in and around the Acacia Park area in downtown Colorado Springs. A new police center is scheduled to open next week..
It will be used by officers and staffed by volunteers. The $200,000 project was funded by the public safety tax that voters approved last year.
People who live and work downtown say the new police center couldn't have come at a better time. Last weekend a stabbing, a shooting, and several fights broke out on Tejon Street. But for now, police say the new service center will not operate during the night or early morning hours. That’s because they simply don't have enough resources to keep it open 24-hours a day. They also say last week's violence was not the norm.
The Neighborhood Policing Unit will work out of this new facility. That's approximately 10-12 officers. City Council member Sallie Clark says the public will play a big part in managing this new facility, since volunteers will help run it.
Police are looking for anyone who'd like to volunteer at the new service center. Just contact the police department if you're interested. It's scheduled to be up and running by next Wednesday morning and will be open from 8-5 or 9-6---they're still figuring out the hours.