North Linden residents push for new police substation

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Residents in North Linden are asking Columbus city leaders to relocate its police substation. 

Some community members say the current substation is too far from the people they are supposed to keep safe. 

“I’m not giving up. I’m not. I’ll fight. I will fight and argue until I get it,” said North Linden resident Vicki Johnson.

For the past several months Vicki Johnson has spent her days calling city leaders. She is urging the city to relocate the police substation that serves the North Linden community. 

“A friend and I went down to city council about a month ago,” said Johnson. “We got this email and it was kind of a no.”

Johnson has lived and owned businesses in North Linden for over 40 years. Her family has owned every store on the corner of Oakland Park Avenue and Maize Road. Including the pool hall she and her husband now run. 

Johnson says every since she can remember Precinct 2 has been located in an aging warehouse on Parkwood Avenue. 

“Which is literally not in the precinct where the officers work,” said Johnson. 

She says the building is farther away from the neighborhood the officers patrol in and should be moved. 

“The city building is more centralized than the precinct where they are at right now,” said Johnson

Johnson is talking about the vacant building located at 575 Carolyn Avenue, the city’s former zoning services building. 

She says the proximity to I-71 would make it easier for officers to answer calls in the area. 

A spokesperson for the city’s Department of Public Safety says the city is not currently thinking about relocating the precinct. 

“The City doesn’t currently have plans for the Carolyn Ave. building. There may be other options which may not have yet been explored,” said Cathy Collins with the Department of Public Safety.

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