Sheriff’s substation opens in Edwards
EDWARDS – To Johnny Harris, the manager of a jewelry store in Riverwalk, having greater police presence in the neighborhood means feeling safer.”We were stolen from twice last year,” said Harris, who works at Portofino Jewelry. “The cops patrol through here a couple times a day randomly, so I feel safer now that the substation is here because when the cops go back there, they swing through here.”Edwards, with about 8,000 residents the largest population center in Eagle County, now has a Sheriff’s Office substation to buttress the police presence in the area. The station, at the Edwards Plaza next to the Mexican restaurant Fiesta’s off the Spur Road, is an addition to the Sheriff’s Office’s main building in Eagle and a substation in Eagle-Vail.
“This means a faster caller response. And Edwards is one the fastest-growing areas in the county,” said Sheriff Joseph Hoy. “We felt that in order to better serve the population there, we needed another base for operations.The substation can be used by sheriff’s deputies to interview suspects and witnesses, file reports and gather information without officers having to go all the way down to Eagle or up to the Eagle-Vail substation, Hoy said.”Until now, the only substation we had to service the whole upper valley was in Eagle-Vail,” Hoy said. “Also, with the new substation we won’t have to deal with a lot of the traffic we had to deal with when we had just the Eagle-Vail station.”The substation will provide other services to residents as well, including VIN inspections, so people don’t have to drive all the way to Eagle, Hoy said.
“We want to experiment with offering these services one or two days a week to see what people need,” he said.But the new substation doesn’t change the way the Sheriff’s Office has been operating in the area. Officers will continue to be stationed in the area 24 hours a day as before, Hoy said.Wolcott resident Mitch Imber, 49, of Wolcott, said that more police visibility is positive for the community.
“Anywhere there’s a police station, it’s a deterrent to crime for the area just by being there,” he said.Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Vail, Colorado