Tom: A police station shutting down is an event that always inspires a reaction. For the public, the reaction is fear. They realize the familiar beat cop is no longer just around the corner. For the police, it's another stumbling block in their attempt to stem the wave of crime that's washing over our cities. For the faceless bureaucrat who makes the decision, his budget may look that much closer to balancing, but when the real cost is added up it's society, all of us, who pay.