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Housing Authority works to give police officers, sheriff's deputies office space in developments

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Police offices would be set up in Creekwood, Houston Moore and Hillcrest. Police offices would be set up in Creekwood, Houston Moore and Hillcrest.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Housing Authority says they are working to give Wilmington Police officers and New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputies office space in some of their housing developments.

During their board meeting on Friday morning, WHA Chairman Jeff Hovis said that officers asked to have a place to set up desks and other types of office equipment. "It would give residents a place they know they can go to if they have an issue or questions. The officers are trying to become more familiar with the community, [also] if there is a situation they will be able to work out of there," said Hovis.

A Housing Authority Unit, that consists of both WPD and New Hanover Sheriff's Deputies, patrol the different housing developments everyday, and Hovis says if they have access to a facility they would be able to stay on the sites even more. "This gives them a stationary position where they can be if they need to process a request or if there is some type of activity that they need to do like fax something, they will have access," said Hovis. 

Lt. Cochran who is one of the WPD officers that patrols the developments says it would not only make things easier for officers, but it would also help out residents, allowing officers to be more available to them.

"We want to be a part of the community and not apart from the community, so it's an outreach  or us that we are more available [residents], it also gives the officers an opportunity if they need to use the phone, they can run in and use the phone, if they need to use the restroom they can do that. It keeps them on the housing authority property as opposed to have to leave it and come back," said Lt. Cochran.  She says that officers could hold meetings with residents after hours or even have a place to meet with them in a private setting.

Right now, the plan would be to set up police offices in Creekwood, Hillcrest and Houston Moore. Hovis said that would give them a north, south and central location. He says they will provide more access to more of their sites as they work through the process.

Commissioners seemed to be in favor of the idea during their meeting on Friday, and plans are moving forward. Hovis says those plans will be finalized during the WHA's next meeting.

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