Ribbon-cutting for renovated police station set for Monday

<font size="2">The Northwest District Station ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31.</font><font size="3" face="Calibri"> </font>

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins is making good on a campaign promise, as the Northwest District Station is set to re-open on Monday.

Former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell closed the police station on Sylvania Avenue in July 2012. When D. Michael Collins took office in January, he pledged to open the station within his first 100 days as mayor. After city council approved over $100,000 in renovations last year, the station is set to open a day ahead of schedule on March 31.

According to the mayorâ??s office, the renovated station will house a K-9 unit, Traffic Division, Special Victimâ??s Unit and Domestic Violence Unit. About 30 to 35 officers will work out of the station, a police presence that has some neighborhood residents excited.

â??This is a great neighborhood and we want to keep it that way,â?? said Cheryl Stevens, who has lived in the Deveaux Neighborhood for about 37 years. She continued, â??The presence of all the police cars we saw down there made us excited and it also shows that Mayor Collins has fulfilled his promise.â??

Neighbors agree that protecting the neighborhoodâ??s schools, parks, streets and homes will preserve its long-term value. Although neighbors feel the re-opening of the station will help deter crime, residents say programs like Block Watch and looking out for each other will ultimately determine the fate of the community.

â??Knowing your neighbors is part of it, knowing their houses, their patterns and things,â?? said resident Wallace Friedel. He continued, â??If you see something unusual then you call.â??

Mayor Collins will be on-hand at the stationâ??s ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.