Conewango Township Police has opened a new substation at River View Terrace, formerly known as Allegheny Village, in Starbrick.
Police Chief Jason Peters said the sub-station is a positive addition to the community at the River View Terrace and to the police department that will provide a location residents can turn to for help and assistance.
"It acts as a simple deterrence to those that would choose to commit crimes against persons and property in the community," he said.
Times Observer photo by Ben Klein
Conewango Township Police has opened a new sub-station at the River View Terrace. From left are Donald Saporito of the Warren County Housing Authority, Lt. Randy Carlson of the Conewango Township Police, Housing Authority Executive Director Tonya Mitchell-Weston, River View Terrace Property Manager Linda Abbott and Conewango Township Police Chief Jason Peters.
The substation is complete with a common area with an office, radio communications, a handicapped accessible restroom, a conference area for community relations and a classroom for training.
"Also present is the video surveillance system that officers can use to further investigation in the community," Peters said. "This surveillance system covers virtually every location at the Terrace."
The Housing Authority covered the cost of the facility and it will have no financial burden on the municipality, he said. "There is a stigma attached to this development. A lot of people, even folks who are originally from Warren, either didn't know the development was here, or if they did know it was here, they had a negative connotation attached to it," Housing Authority Executive Director Tonya Mitchell-Weston said. "And so we wanted to make sure we change that by making sure the police presence is here, and it's known and that we have zero tolerance policy. So folks who are thinking they can come on the property and do things, illegal things, they are sadly mistaken."