Officers move from assigned neighborhoods for summer patrols

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 5:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Local police said they are bracing for a crime filled summer and rearranging resources to deal with the increase.

Leaders within the Spokane Police Department announced Friday that they will move officers who typically patrol high crime neighborhoods. Those officers will return to general patrol routes according to SPD leaders.

Department officials said they have too many calls for service and need additional officers to meet the demand.

There were about ten neighborhood conditions offices in Spokane. Their job was to keep crime down in one specific problem area. SPD leaders said now those officers will patrol the entire City.

The North Lincoln neighborhood is among the areas losing conditions officers. Neighbors in the area recently saw police respond to an accidental shooting, an attempted dismemberment, a kidnapping, and a murder.

Neighbors told KREM 2 News that their conditions office helped clean things up in the last few months.

“Many times I've been real scared at night, during the day too,” said neighbor Jannice Stasch. “But things are a lot better.”

SPD leaders said conditions officers should return to their assigned neighborhoods by September.

Summer is typically the most violent season according to police.

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