SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane Police Department announced Monday it is reorganizing for the new year.
Police Chief Frank Straub and Mayor David Condon want to have more officers and detectives assigned to different parts of the Spokane.
City leaders said they are building off of the success they have seen downtown with a sub-station. They want to have a separate team in the north and the south to help connect to the community.
The Spokane Police Department launched a Downtown precinct early in 2013.
City leaders said it has helped bring down crime in the area and built better relationships with people who live in that neighborhood.
“We are really looking for that connection, there is that point person that can bring together those tools to solve crime,” said Condon.
He wants a similar setup in the north and south ends of the City. The public service areas would have a captain, officers and detective increasing the number of police staff covering each section of Spokane.
Unlike the downtown project, the new setup won’t have precincts. They will use an existing building like a cop shop instead of leasing or buying office space in a neighborhood in north or south Spokane.
“We want to do this in stages, to make sure we get it right,” said Straub.
Officials are still finalizing locations and have not decided where they will place the teams.
They hope to move toward a precinct and have a permanent presence in each part of town if the project works well.
"This is one area where we need to continue to make that progress, the crime rate is not where I feel comfortable with,” said Condon.
The City is working on preparing the north and south public service areas in November and December.
They want their staff to be in place by early January.