CROSS, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office opened its first substation Thursday afternoon in the Cross community.
The substation is located on Highway 6 in what was a former health care clinic.
Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis says just the presence of the building should help cut down on crime. But there's yet another focus: the substation will be run by volunteers in the community.
"They've been trained, they've had background checks and they will be manning it for the county," Lewis said.
Cross resident Lillie Whitten says the community has been asking for a substation for a long time.
"When I heard it was coming, I was like hallelujah, wonderful, a great thing," she said.
Whitten says the central location of the substation will make a difference. As an example, she referred to a carjacking that occurred a few days ago.
"If we had that substation up already, and a call was made here that that happened, then we could alert the deputy and maybe they were near them and they could stop them," Whitten said.
Lewis says one of the goals is to curb crime, but he also wants to improve resident's access to deputies and sheriff's office services. Lewis says a deputy will always be in the general area if needed.
"We won't permanently staff a paid deputy here because they're not doing us any good sitting in an office," Lewis said.
The sheriff says residents can also get services here without making the drivers be to Moncks Corner. They will be able to file and pickup incident reports.
The substation is one of four planned for the county. The three others will be located in Goose Creek, Sangaree and the Huger/Clements Ferry/Cainhoy area.