Police start foot patrols in 3 Spokane neighborhoods

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane police are trying something new to gain your trust. Department leaders decided recently to put more feet on the street during the weekdays.

Leaders chose three Spokane neighborhoods outside of the downtown area to patrol. Officers patrol the Perry District, Garland, and Hillyard areas on foot. Police leaders said they hope it changes the image and the reputation that officers are only around if there's a crime in progress.

“This is definitely a proactive step that we're taking so we can talk to the citizens,” said Ofc. Lydia Prichard.

Leaders picked teams of officers to patrol from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the week.

Perry District business owners said they welcome the change.

“You see them as a presence, as people, involved in the community," said Lantern Tap House
Owner Ben Bradley.

Department leaders said the idea comes after increased patrols by officers in cars brought down crime in downtown. Each area will have two to three officers, primarily from administrative positions instead of regular patrol officers.

"Our goal is to start getting other officers in other areas, neighborhoods to reduce crime," said Prichard.

The police department wants to encourage everyone to approach these officers during their patrols and talk to them about what's happening in their neighborhood.

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