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Old Town community police station to host open house

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 7:45 a.m.

Police officials are holding an open house Thursday at the new home of the Old Town community policing station.

The station’s new quarters are at 230 N. Mosley, next to the Hotel at Old Town. Up until a few months ago, the community policing station had been on the west side of Old Town Square just south of the Warren Theater.

But the owner of the space wanted to convert it to retail, Lt. Joe Schroeder said, so police had to find another location.

Officers have been using the new space for a few months, police officials say. The open house is a chance for the public to become more familiar with it.

The open house will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

“This was planned well before the incidents in Old Town,” Schroeder said.

Shooting incidents have occurred each of the last four weekends in Old Town, though no injuries have been reported.

Marquez Smart, 23, was shot and killed by police on March 10 after officials say he fired a handgun into a crowd at Old Town, only steps away from uniformed police officers. Four other people were shot and wounded in that confrontation.

The station is used by beat officers and their coordinators, as well as officers attached to the Special Community Action Team, Deputy Chief Tom Stolz said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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