Spokane leaders highlight public/private sector partnerships

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane City leaders pointed to two examples of partnerships between public servants and private businesses on Wednesday.

Businesses helped cover the costs of police in downtown Spokane in exchange for keeping up the improvements the City is making in the neighborhood.

“This is an effort to take pride in our community,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon.

The City opened up a police precinct downtown in late June with the goal of keeping crime rates down. The Spokane Police Chief emphasized on Wednesday that the downtown facility helps citizens come to the department with any issues on their mind and be proactive.

“The presence of officers who are here as problem solvers, not here necessarily to make arrests,” said Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub.

They also wanted to highlight the City working with local businesses to help everyone. The Downtown Spokane Partnership and business owners are paying for the lease space.

City leaders also worked with the railroad company to make railroad viaducts more attractive. The viaducts that run through downtown are notorious for attracting crime or other unwanted activity. Local businesses are taking on the job of touching up the paint jobs.

Both Mayor Condon and Chief Straub said on Wednesday that they want to see other precinct offices open in other neighborhoods in the next two years.

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