STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Starkville police and those who live near Perkins Street have a new police substation at their disposal.
"[It gives] the kids and the older people a sense of security knowing exactly where the police station is," Starkville resident Chris Taylor said.
Taylor grew up near Perkins Street and still lives there.
He said the substation is needed.
"[It will] cut down on the speeding and the kids can feel free to play around and run around," Taylor said.
The building used to be an old day care and was donated to the department by the Starkville Housing Authority.
"This area now can't do anything but grow," Starkville Alderman for Ward 7 Henry N. Vaughn said.
Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols said the substation will not only make the surrounding neighborhood safer, but will also better the relationship between the police department and the community.
"There is a lot of distrust between the police department and the community and vice versa," Nichols said. "We want to bridge that gap."
Nichols hopes the substation's purpose isn't being lost on it's neighbors.
"We're just making ourselves readily available to the people in this community," Nichols said.
That message is coming out loud and clear.
"The residents that live here, they are embracing them," Vaughn said. "They are very grateful and thankful that the substation is close to them."
Taylor said he considers the substation to be a friend in the neighborhood.