- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)5
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)2
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)12
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
- Cape police warn of 'Grandparent Scam' (12/4/16)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department's decision to close its Good Hope Street substation makes sense. The substation has helped reduce crime in the area, which in the mid-1990s was nearly out of control. And with the loss of federal Weed and Seed money that was paying the substation's rent and utility costs, the city could not justify keeping it open.
Water damage caused by leaks from an apartment above the substation only hastened the move.
The substation opened in 1998 when crack sales and crime in the Good Hope neighborhood were still burgeoning. Today, much of that kind of activity is gone.
But the crime only moved. There are streets and neighborhoods in the south side of the city -- problems in the 300 and 400 blocks of South Hanover were documented in a Southeast Missourian story nine months ago -- that are problem areas.
The Good Hope Street substation proved that police presence can have a positive effect on a neighborhood.
We hope the city will look for ways to increase police presence in areas of the city that need the kind of help Good Hope got.