Whitehaven Community Fights to Keep Police Precinct Open

Whitehaven Community Fights to Keep Police Precinct Open

Whitehaven is not the most dangerous neighborhood in Memphis, but those who live there will tell you there is still a lot of crime. They've depended on the police from Raines Station for years, but it might soon be replaced by a station about six miles away.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Residents in Whitehaven fear the worst for their community if police close the Raines Station precinct; it's played a huge role in the community for years.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says the building is old and not up to speed. Armstrong has to cut $6 million from his budget, and says if he has to close police stations, Raines will be one of them.

Whitehaven is not the most dangerous neighborhood in Memphis, but those who live there will tell you there is still a lot of crime. They've depended on the police from Raines Station for years, but it might soon be replaced by a station about six miles away.

Patricia Vortis of Whitehaven says Raines Station is a piece of Whitehaven. She knows the officers, they know her, and when there is trouble, she knows they're not far away.

"This is where we rely on all the time. I've had several tickets before. It's so easy and convenient for me to come and go."

Whitehaven might be the most misunderstood neighborhood in Memphis. There are sections where crime is a huge issue. There are other places where you'll find some of the most beautiful homes in the city.

It has come a long way, but crime still finds its way there too often. That's why people say they need Raines Station.

"It's very important," said Walter Ware. "There's a lot of crime in this area, a whole lot of crime. I think they need a police station really in some more areas instead of talking about cutting down."

Director Armstrong has told city council members and others that cutting $6 million from his budget will cause problems.

Every station is running on the bare minimum of officers needed. If he has to make cuts, there's a good chance three of the oldest stations will shut down, and Raines Station is one of them.

Director Armstrong should have his final plan ready in a couple of weeks.

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