Spokane police expand to downtown facility

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mayor David Condon and Police Chief Frank Straub opened the doors to a new Spokane Police Department substation Thursday.

"It's about your city investing in our downtown," Mayor Condon remarked at the grand opening celebration for the new facility, located at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Post Street.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said crime downtown has dropped by almost 15 percent in the past few months, and the new station should help drive the crime rate down even further.

“This facility will allow us to place Police resources closer to citizen needs,” Straub said.  “We are placing resources near the business community, the many downtown residents, and our visitors.”

The downtown facility will serve as a hub for Spokane Police downtown Neighborhood Conditions Officers and bike patrols. It will be staffed throughout the day.

“I'm really excited to be more protected and to interact with the cops and see downtown be more protected,” said Richard Krueger, who hangs out downtown.

The Downtown Spokane Partnership will use funds from the Downtown Business Improvement District to pay for the lease space as an investment for the people of downtown Spokane.

The city and SPD are considering plans to open more substations around the city.

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