I want to take a moment and thank everyone who took time out of their day to attend the re-opening ceremony for the Bakersfield Police Department’s Southside Substation! Thanks as well to those well wishers who were unable to attend. Today is a milestone for Wards 1 and 7.
The substation is part of the Valley Zone, which encompasses all city areas south of Terrace Lane and east of Highway 99.
Beginning today, this station will be part of a pilot project to see if police response times are reduced as a result of having this “base of operations” located closer to where the officers area of responsibility is. The city and police department will evaluate its effectiveness.
A number of media outlets covered todays opening including the Bakersfield Californian, and KernGoldenEmpire.com: