SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police hope to have Neighborhood Conditions Officers back to their normal duties, bettering specific problem spots, by the beginning of September -- but say it could be as late as October.
Shifts are just harder to staff in the summer, so they had to move those Neighborhood Conditions Officers off their normal beat and put them on general patrol. That happened over two months ago, and neighbors say they've noticed a big difference.
Folks living near Wabash and North Lincoln had an officer assigned to their area after a string of shootings, a kidnapping, and even a murder. Neighbors said they want the officer back.
"We can't even allow our children to be outside because you know our kids can't walk around and be safe like the used to. That police patrol back would be nice," said Amber Schmidt.
Those 10 officers are still on patrol they are just responding to calls all over the city. Spokane Police said summer is typically the most violent season of the year, and they have to make sure they have resources all over the city.