SPOKANE, Wash. -- It’s been a busy few months for officers in Spokane. Just this week, detectives investigated another murder, a shooting and a machete attack.
Even so, the police department says violent crime is only up by about six percent. Robberies are, in fact, the biggest reason for the increase.
The rates of other violent crimes like murder and rape are actually down compared to this time in 2012. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub says they’re pulling out all the stops to get everything going in that direction.
“The people who want to disrupt the safety and security of our neighborhoods need to know we’re going to come, and we’re going to come with a vengeance,” he said.
Chief Straub admits violent crime is up but says the public needs to know the department is aggressively pursuing those responsible.
“We’re not going to slow down. We’re not going to back down. You commit a crime in this city, we’re going to come and get you. If it’s a violent crime, we’re going to get you even faster.”
Citizens can see proof of that in the department’s work this week. The accused murderers of Heather Cassel were arrested just 27 hours after her body was found. The SWAT Team was also able to take a standoff suspect into custody safely in a separate incident.
The chief says his command staff is working with patrol around the clock to clean up the streets.
“We have some bad actors in this city that are committing crimes. Our approach is [looking at] who are the most active people in the city? Where are the most active locations in the city? The more active someone becomes, the more we’re going to go after them.”
Spokane police are also analyzing crime date and putting more officers in the hot-spots. The department also shows its officers pictures and gives them data about their most wanted suspects every week.