Fresno city officials on Wednesday will announce the re-establishment of the Central Fresno Policing District. The creation of a substation in the Manchester shopping center at Blackstone and Shields avenues will return the number of policing districts in the city to five.
The central district was folded into other districts after the Great Recession caused belt-tightening by city officials. It was in operation from 1984 to 2010.
Previously, officers in the central district worked out of an office at Broadway and Elizabeth streets in the Tower District.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer has previously stated the need for a central division for more effective policing. In particular, he has cited the large territory in the Northwest Policing District, where officers must respond to incidents ranging from McKinley Avenue north to Herndon Avenue and from Blackstone Avenue west of Highway 99.
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Mark Standriff, director of communications for the city, said the Manchester location was ideal because of its central location and proximity to highway access. In addition, it is a hub for the FAX bus system.