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Grand Opening for new cop house in Racine


For a long time, it has been known as a street that has been no stranger to crime. Now, Jacato Drive in Racine is no more, and police are moving into that neighborhood with big plans to turn things around.

Police officers and city leaders hope  a new cop house and the renaming of a street from Jacato Drive to Anthony Lane will be the first step in transforming a community.

\"It's a celebration of community, of what we have accomplished and what we can accomplish moving forward,\" said Racine Police Chief Arthel Howell.

Thursday afternoon they unveiled the sign, renamed the street and cut the ribbon for the grand opening ceremony of Styberg Cop House.

\"We do probation and parole services here. The conference room is really open to the public. We have a great computer lab, kids who don't have internet access at home can come here,\" said Howell.

All of this was years in the making. It's also part of city leaders ongoing efforts to improve this neighborhood.

\"It's going to transform it, because in the past we've had some problems, even law-abiding citizens have had a difficult time living here,\" said Former Racine Mayor Jim Smith.

Those who live in this neighborhood couldn't be happier.

\"A lot of people feel more safe and there's more of a steady environment for children as well,\" said resident 

The new building was made possible by community donations. 

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