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Possible New Salisbury Police Substation

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SALISBURY, Md. - A boarded up home in the Doverdale neighborhood of Salisbury could soon become a substation for the Salisbury Police Department.

Currently, the home at 511 Decatur Avenue does not look like much, with boards covering up the doors and windows.  But neighbors in the Doverdale community are hoping the home becomes a source of change in a neighborhood they said has its issues.

"Smoking marijuana.  A lot of drug dealing.  A lot of fighting," said Salisbury resident, Delbe Thibeau.

"So much traffic be over there that people will be riding through there just like they are on [Route] 13," said Lester Jones, of Salisbury.

The Salisbury City Council will discuss the idea at a future council work session but just the thought of a permanent increased police presence in his community was enough to get Thibeau excited.

"I would love to have a police station right across the corner here.  It would be helpful for me to tell you the truth.  It's so sad.  I have a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old and I can't even bring them outside," Thibeau said.

The substation would be part of the city's Safe Streets initiative and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan said it would cost about $10,000 to renovate the home for its new use.  Frank Woodard lives just around the corner and can already picture the difference a new substation would make.
     
"At night, if they've got a substation there, they know the police are out walking and so they are less likely to sell drugs or be in criminal activity and in the day time, the kids and the people in the park over there, people will begin to talk more to the police and not feel alienated from the police," said Woodard.

Neighbors just want a positive change in their community.

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