COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho -- Police in Coeur d’Alene were looking to increase their presence in an area known for crime in May. They wanted to create a substation in the East Sherman area. They said it was a hotspot for assaults and crimes involving drugs.
Police said they were looking at asking the City for more money to help them pay for the substation.
East Sherman Avenue resident Fred Henderson would be the first to tell you there is a drug problem in the area.
"We don't need that around here. It's time that stops,” said Henderson.
Coeur d’Alene police said the crime was concerning. The department considered the area a hotspot for other crimes, too. They said along with drugs, there were alcohol offenses and assaults.
A map from the police department showed that East Sherman saw more crime than nearby areas. The area accounted for more than 9% of all drug calls in 2013. It also accounted for more than 8% of all simple assaults across the City.
"We don't have a close enough presence in that area. And we'd like to be down there and be visible. Integrate with your neighborhoods, that’s your most successful programs,” said Sergeant Christie Wood with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
Police were looking at creating a substation in the area where they could permanently station officers.
The manager of St. Vincent De Paul's housing services said the City had contacted him about using his office building as the substation.
"It would be a good idea if they were here, because it would stop all the bad stuff that goes on here,” said Henderson.
Police estimated they would need around $30,000 from the City to upgrade whatever building they do move to. They hoped to make an official proposal to City Council in June.