SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Police Department said that downtown crime dropped nearly 15% since the start of 2013 after opening a downtown precinct.
"I didn't really feel that safe until I came home from out of town when I saw the police station," said Ruth Ensminger, who spends most of her time in downtown Spokane. "To me, there's less trouble."
Ensminger said that just seeing officers park in the area is a big deterant for thieves and other trouble makers. She added that it also helps take care of problems on the spot.
"The other night, there was an incident around me. We stopped the police officers from going into the station. He came out and solved the issue and dealt with it," she said.
Officials said that police bike patrols are stopped every 20 feet by people with questions or concerns. They added that it helped deal with petty crime immediately and sent a message to everyone downtown that the police are patrolling aggressively.