PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — The Princeton Police Department opened a substation on Mercer Street several months ago.
In the heart of downtown Princeton, a new substation is improving the presence and visibility of officers serving their communities.
Princeton Police have only been working out of the location for a few months. Princeton Police Chief, Tim Gray, said the community response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“I’ve had numerous business owners, ministers and their families stop by and tell me how much they see that it’s made a difference in the Mercer area,” Gray said.
Briddy Blankenship, Manager for Riff Raff Art Boutique, said she never felt uneasy working on Mercer Street, but the added patrols are ensuring the safety of everyone downtown.
“This is a really safe place to be and having the substation on Mercer Street now is only going to make it safer than it was before,” Blankenship said.
Blankenship added she has seen officers patrolling the streets on bikes when weather permits.
“I remember going to other downtowns and seeing police rolling around on bikes, and I thought how cool it would be to have that where we are. Now it’s here and it feels really nice,” Blankenship said.
Gray also added the police department is hoping to add a full time officer working out of the substation in the coming months.