SOUTH BEND — A key component in the city’s effort to increase its downtown police presence should be open shortly.
A downtown police substation at 119 S. Michigan St., across from the South Bend Chocolate Cafe, is scheduled to open sometime next week, said Capt. Phil Trent, who is overseeing the project.
The substation will primarily be used by officers who are patrolling the downtown area — including around Coveleski Stadium and the East Race — on bike, foot and on one of the department’s two T3s (three-wheeled upright scooters).
“It will be a hub for downtown patrols,” Trent said.
Trent said the substation will not be staffed 24/7, and the public will still be asked to go to police headquarters at 701 W. Sample St. to file police reports.
The facility will mainly be used, for example, as a place officers can come for lunch or water breaks. Officers may also be able to charge their T3s at the site and do bicycle repairs.
“It’s a place to serve officers downtown,” Trent said. “It’s a way so they don’t have to go back to central.”
The building will not be for public use; officers are not expected to fill out police reports at the site.
The downtown storefront was home to Bombay Boutique until the end of April.
The South Bend Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved a deal in May to allow the police department to use the city-owned space. The department will pay the commission $895.49 per month and be responsible for paying utilities at the location.
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