Lobby hours at Wichita's four police substations are being reduced effective Saturday for the second time this year.
The change means the lobbies won't be open to the public after 7 p.m.
The lobbies were open 24 hours a day until July, when they were closed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. This latest reduction means the lobbies will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"This last change was more or less based on budget cutbacks," Capt. Hassan Ramzah said, noting that the reduction would save the city an estimated $58,000 a year.
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Eliminating the overnight hours earlier this year had more to do with usage rates, he said.
"When we looked at the overnight hours, the traffic was very, very minimal," Ramzah said.
It's hard to know how much of an impact this latest reduction will have, he said, but a look at the types of cases that emerged from walk-in traffic during the evening showed they were typically non-emergency cases that could be handled the next day.
Each substation will be equipped with an intercom connected to City Hall security and a call box with a phone connected directly to 911, Ramzah said, so people who come to the substations after hours can still reach someone in the event of an emergency.
Other than the shorter lobby hours, Ramzah said, substation operations will not change.
Patrol North is at 3015 E. 21st St.; Patrol South at 211 E. Pawnee; Patrol East at 350 S. Edgemoor; and Patrol West at 661 N. Elder.