SPOKANE, Wash. - After a string of violence downtown over the last several months, Spokane Police are trying something new to keep crime down across the city. You may remember, just a few months ago, the Knitting Factory concert venue was shut down by the Police Department because there were simply too many fights and shootings in the area.
It has since reopened and things have gotten better. Police have really been putting an increased effort in the downtown area with what they call emphasis patrols. Since they started crime has decreased nearly 20% on the streets. That is since the beginning of the year. They are doing a number of things with the added police presence. They are adding officers on foot and soon they'll be on bikes for the summer season.
Sergeant Waters told KHQ on Thursday that one of the things that has been nice with the emphasis patrol is that they can look at all the data in the world in the office but there are certain things you can only hear by talking to people face to face.
That is where they are learning new things and that is where the emphasis has helped. The police say the added presence will continue into the summer months, especially with the big events coming up like the Lilac Parade, Bloomsday and Hoopfest.