The Pitt County Sheriff's Office opened a second substation in the county, this one in Grimesland, which hasn't had its own police station since the 1980s.
The station has been up and running for a few months, but held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday. Sheriff Neil Elks says they put a substation in Grimesland to have a presence in the community before they actually start experiencing problems with crime.
Grimesland Mayor Earl Aldridge says the sheriff deputies would stop in their town before the substation existed, but now that they have a more permanent presence he's seen a drop in crime. "We were still having a lot of crimes, breaking and enterings, and since we have changed over very, very few have we had and our residents are just so comfortable that they are here."
Deputies are assigned to the district 24-hours a day. There are no set times for when a deputy will be at the substation, which is located next to the town hall.
The other substation opened a couple of years ago on old river road in Belvoir. Deputies say the substations help them cover the 650-plus square miles of Pitt County.