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VENTURA : Police Substation to Open in Avenue Area

Ventura police and city officials today will hold a ceremony to announce the opening of a police storefront substation in the Ventura Avenue area, one of the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.

The substation is not scheduled to open until July, but property owners are expected to hand over the storefront keys to city officials in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the site.

The storefront is located at 110 N. Olive St., behind the Vons Shopping Center. Dermot Properties Assn., a Del Mar-based real estate investment partnership, is renting the site to the city of Ventura for $1 a year.

The 900-square-foot property will be staffed by two officers who will use it as a base for patrols or undercover operations. Residents will be encouraged to drop in and chat with officers about problems in their neighborhood.

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The Avenue storefront will be the second substation in the city. In March, police opened a similar storefront in the Montalvo neighborhood.


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