LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The city of Lexington is calling it a “big step forward” in public safety, Monday leaders broke ground on a new east sector roll call station.

The city has seen an increase in calls for service and a record number of homicides for the month of May.

It is the first call center outside of New Circle Road and Man O’ War Boulevard. Police Chief Lawrence Weathers said this will improve accessibility to a growing east sector.

However, people in the community are asking for more to be done.

“You know keeping public safety in mind is paramount to planning for the city’s future,” Weathers said.

Lexington has seen yet another homicide over the weekend.

This time just outside a funeral taking place for gun violence victim Malcom Long.

On Saturday around 2 p.m. police said they responded to Unity Worship Center to help
assist the sheriff’s office after shots were fired.

Fayette County Coroner’s Office identified 35-year-old Joseph Richardson who died from the wounds he sustained. Another female victim was also injured.

This event has community members questioning the police department saying they aren’t doing enough.

I will tell them they are absolutely 100% wrong, our officers are out there 24/7, they are doing            everything that they can, yes we are short staff but they still go above and behind,” Weathers said.

Weathers said they need community leaders to step forward to provide information to help solve the crimes but in the meantime.

I do not want to keep saying the same thing so I won’t, you know we are going to invest in other types of things to try to help us get that information, we still need people to come forward but absent of that we are going to look at other things we can do,” Weathers said.

The roll call station is located in an area of Veterans Park, built on land already owned by the city.

“This investment shows that our city leaders are not just being mindful of public safety for today but they are keeping in mind the public safety needs for the future,” Weathers said.