JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --A new Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Substation close to the campus of Edward Waters College has many students, and people in the community breathing a sigh of relief.

The new home of substation 5 will be home to more than 240 officers. Linda Smith has family in the area. She said the new substation, and police presence is a big step in the right direction.

"There's a lot of elderly people and kids that live in this neighborhood, and they really do need the presence," Smith said.

Part of the building will also help Criminal Justice majors at Edward Waters. There are 2 classrooms, and a forensics labs for students to work hands on.

"This is like intern medical students actually studying in a hospital," said Nathaniel Glover, President of Edward Waters College and former Duval County Sheriff.

Glover said the substation, and increased presence is a must have for this part of Jacksonville.

"This substation will represent police presence in a very needed community," he said.

That's something people like Smith said will make them feel much safer.

"You know we need the police protection," Smith said.