The Southlake Police Department recently designated an area outside the department as an ‘Exchange Zone’ for Southlake Residents. The designated area is two parking spaces that are now available with posted signs that read, “Exchange Zone, This Area is Under 24-hour Surveillance.”
The ‘Exchange Zone’ can be used for child custody exchanges, as well as the exchange of items bought or sold by individuals. The parking spaces are located on the southeast corner of DPS Headquarters (600 State Street) in the last two spaces on the far right row on Division Street. Chief James Brandon said, “Residents have sometimes used the police department for such exchanges and have asked to have a designated area. We are always happy to partner with our citizens in order to keep them as safe as possible.”
In addition, residents can always use the front lobby of the Southlake Police Department for exchanges. The front lobby is staffed by a licensed Peace Officer Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Although the Southlake Police Department encourages the use of the designated parking areas for exchanges, we ask that citizens always exercise good judgment in their interaction with strangers.