HOUMA, La. (AP) — A new police substation is opening in east Houma.

Police Chief Todd Duplantis tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/169esp9 ) the move represents a move to grow the law-enforcement presence in a troubled community.

The new hub aims to ensure a fulltime police presence at Senator Circle and shorten response times to surrounding sections of east Houma, long known as a high-crime area.

The substation will be housed in two unoccupied, renovated apartments in Senator Circle, a 26-unit public-housing complex for low-income families.