Spokane Police ramp up patrols in downtown area

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 8:04 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police said they are getting a handle on crime in the downtown area.

The city has been under fire for what has been perceived as a lack of police presence in the downtown core.  Police are now patrolling a lot more making business owners, patrons and bus riders feel safer.

Police said they have done several things over the past few months to fight crime. It started in the summer when they opened a cop shop near the STA Plaza Downtown.

Rochelle Harden said she rides the bus twice a day everyday with her two children. Harden said she’d noticed more police patrolling downtown and less kids just hanging out.

“I feel pretty safe with the presence of the police and security. It’s a little better,” said Harden.

Businesses say they have seen more foot traffic and more customers since the increase in patrols.

“We have actually more police presence downtown so they’re actually going around walking checking in on businesses so it’s helping us more,” said Sergio DeLeon, owner of Sergio’s Sports Bar.

The Police Department said they have eight vehicles patrolling the downtown area.  Since beefing up patrols, violent crime is down 14 percent over the past month.  

 

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