BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Applause erupted as Biloxi Mayor, AJ Holloway, cut the ribbon on the new Lee Street, police substation in Biloxi.
Hope Community Development Agency hosted a block party to celebrate the opening. Currently the Salvation Army offers services from the building, but when they saw the need for increased police presence they had a place to offer.
Laura Bianco, Marketing and PR Director for Salvation Army, says it's just the place for a police sub-station.
"We already use the building and we had an extra room and knew how important it was to have the presence of the Biloxi Police department here in this neighborhood," said Bianco.
The ribbon cutting was celebrated with a popcorn stand, food, cotton candy, give-a-ways and more. Mayor Holloway even assisted in cutting the cake. The substation won't be manned 24 hours a day, however, it will create more accessibility for Biloxi officers.
Major Gary Sturdivant feels that the station will be a major convenience for officers.
"There's a computer. There's a fax machine, internet, so the officers can stop in and do their reporting instead of having to drive all the way back into town," said Sturdivant.
Sturdivant also says, if people want to meet with a police officer and not meet them in their home they can meet them here.
"It's going to be a huge advantage to this community to have them close," Sturdivant said.
The substation is located on Lee Street just North of the Kroc Center.