CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT)– Residents living in Center Point are fed up with the crime and have started a petition to get a police department for the city.
Right now, Center Point contracts out with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In total, 63 deputies work the city, but they also serve other cities in Northeast Jefferson.
“I don’t think we have enough deputies on duty at one time” says Lenora Battle.
Battle started an online change.org petition for a safer neighborhood. She says people living in Center Point not only want to see something done about crime, but also road conditions and traffic concerns. Some residents are requesting red light cameras. Mayor Tom Henderson says he has requested red light cameras, but is just waiting on the permits.
In addition, Mayor Henderson also says he has two crime prevention cameras set up. The city moves them around to areas that see the highest crimes being committed.
“According to the Sheriffs Department, their statistics, the crime has gone down significantly in Center Point” says Henderson.
As for a new police department for the city, the mayor says that is not a possibility. The startup alone would cost $4,000,000 according to Henderson. Right now, the city pays $400,000 a year for 4 additional contract deputies. The city has requested 2 additional deputies.