Residents to rally to keep police substation open

Residents in a West Toledo neighborhood celebrated a small victory this week.

On Tuesday, Toledoâ??s City Council voted down a measure to sell the Northwest District Police Substation on Sylvania Avenue.

"The citizens of West Toledo have relied on that station, really since 1997, and they value it and they feel that the presence of a station there does deter crime,â?? Toledo City Councilman George Sarantou said.

Still, on Saturday at 10 a.m. a rally is being held in front of the property to now drum up support for keeping police operations at the facility.

In an interview with WNWO, on Tuesday, Toledo Mayor Mike Bell said that despite this weekâ??s vote the building would eventually be empty.

â??The number of officers housed at the Northwest District Station is very minimal. [So], to have a person sitting at the Northwest District Station, when they could be driving a police car, thatâ??s not a tough decision,â?? Deputy Mayor of Public Safety for the City of Toledo Shirley Green said on Tuesday.

Though the Mayor did not specifically announce a time frame for the closure, deferring to Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs, some West Toledo residents fear the move would result in less of a police presence in the neighborhood.

In an email announcing the rally, District 5 Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski said the purpose was â??to let the city know ALL of west Toledo should not be slighted for police protectionâ??.

Green maintains that is not the case saying â??We are not reducing or decreasing the number of units we have assigned in the Northwest quadrant of the city. Those numbers stay the same.â??