SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A new substation for the Caddo Sheriff's Office on the Red River opened Thursday. It's goal is to cut down on the time it takes deputies to respond to river emergencies.
"It cuts it [response time] down considerably. It'll save lives," said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.
One of the deputies manning a boat stationed on the Red River said it used to take about 1.5 hours to get a boat from the N. Market boathouse to the river. The new substation will cut that down to a matter of minutes.
"If we have to respond to an emergency, we get in the boat and we're gone," said Cpl. David Cox.
The substation came after a $25,000+ renovation of the Shreveport Marina. The marina was a city-owned shop selling ice, gas, and food to boaters on the river. The city donated the property to the Sheriff's Office, who in coalition with SPAR renovated the boathouse.
"Most of all it's just a presence on the river, a law enforcement presence, a search and rescue presence on the Red River like we've never had before," Prator said.