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Cambridge Police Reopen Pine Street Substation

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The Pine Street Substation( Photo: WBOC) The Pine Street Substation( Photo: WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  Over the past five years the Pine Street substation hasn't served its full purpose. That is due to budget and staffing problems.  Now, the Cambridge Police Department says it has reopened the station, so now it can serve its true purpose.

The substation has the word "Police" on the door.  There's parking for police cars.  But once you walk through the door, your illusions of what a police substation should look like are probably shattered.

There is candy, there are books, toys, a kitchen and more. Sgt. Antoine Patton said this station serves as more than a place to officers to work from.

"The substation is going to be used for the community, it is available," he said. "We have a full kitchen, which we intend to have classes to teach cooking to our children and elderly folks.  We want to have this as some place they can come and sit down and learn more about their police department."

Pine Street doesn't have the best history. Large sections of the street were burned down in the race riots of the 1960s. And today it is primarily a low income area, where kids and teenagers can sometimes get into trouble, according to Ralph Rodgers.

"The period after school until their parents get off from work, that's when the kids get in the most trouble.  They need something to maybe motivate them, or some activity to keep them out of trouble," said Rodgers.

Which is why he, along with others like local businessman Hojane Cornish are happy to see the substation reopened.

"The substation, along with the officers reaching out to the community, being a part of the community," said Cornish.  "I'm with it.  All about bringing people together, bringing the community together.  I'm with it."

The substation is not going to operate entirely by itself.  They are also going to reach out to other groups in the community like the empowerment center to provide even more programs for the people on Pine Street.

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