EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- The Eugene Police Department (EPD) is starting to pack up and prepare for their move to the new facility on Country Club Road.
The Monroe Street substation began moving Thursday, clearing out most of the boxes.
The substation used to house EPD's crime prevention program. When it began, the idea was to provide visibility and a point of contact where people could go to learn about how to prevent being victimized. As time went on, however, only about a dozen people were visiting the substation each day. With slimmer resources, EPD opted to close the substation and move to Country Club Road with the rest of the department.
EPD told NewsSource 16 their crime prevention work has proven to be more effective out in the field.
"They can go door to door in a neighborhood that's just suffered a bunch of burglaries and talk to several neighborhood groups about how to protect their cars and we can reach 200 people - that one person can reach that many in a day instead of only a dozen sitting behind a desk waiting to come to us," explained Sergeant Lisa Barrong, EPD.
The new building the department is moving into has undergone serious renovation and a new paint job with a thin blue line around the building, signifying the police signature.
The rest of the department will move out of City Hall to Country Club Road soon, planning to open to the public in their new location by mid-August.