SPOKANE COUNTY -- A successful program in Spokane County is helping police find car prowlers.
For the last three years, SCOPE volunteers have examined cars for fingerprints. Now, the team is working from an indoor spot.
Car prowling victims in Spokane Valley and unincorporated Spokane County can now take their vehicles to the Valley precinct. This means SCOPE volunteers will no longer have to make house calls.
The lifted fingerprints get put into a system in an effort to identify and track car prowlers.
Last year, volunteers handled about 1,000 call outs.
Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven said, besides comfort, lifting fingerprints in a warmer climate is easier and more successful.
VanLeuven said using SCOPE volunteers saves resources and allows deputies in the field to handle higher priority calls.