Tracking crime hotspots helps SPD decrease crime levels

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Monday marked one year since the Spokane Police Department began targeting special crime hotspots in the City. They analyzed crime data and used it to decide where to put the most officers.

Officers said it has paid off and dropped crime across the board. Crime has descreased 11% since the program began in Spokane. SPD leaders said it is all about being proactive.

Raymond Ontiveros said crooks were like a magnet to a west central neighborhood.

“It's getting really serious down here. This side is a little off the hook,” said Ontiveros.

Ontiveros said for every offender he had seen lately, there seemed to be an officer to match him.
   
“I'm glad they have what they have now. All of that enforcement out here,” said Ontiveros.

The enforcement is the result of an area being dedicated a hot spot for crime.

SPD leaders said officers worked one area and saw a man named Tracy Gibson driving suspiciously down several alleys.

Police pulled Gibson over, but Gibson jumped out immediately and swore he was not the one driving, according to police. Gibson was taken to jail.

Police said they found about 3.5 ounces of meth on Gibson and discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest.

SPD leaders said the arrest is a good example of how well their system works.

“We focus on the neighborhoods that have the issues, we focus on the chronic houses that have the issues,” said Captain Dan Torok with the Spokane Police.

Department leaders and neighbors said they hope overall crime continues to be a downward spiral.

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