Spokane Police Adjust To Battle High Summer Crime

By Paige Browning

Crime rates across the U.S. tend to rise with the temperature. To combat this trend, the Spokane Police Department has slightly altered their patrol tactics for the summer months. 

Spokane Police can expect around 2,000 more incidents in July thn they dealt with in the winter months. That's according to department crime data. In January 2012, there were about 4,700 incidents requiring police response. In July 2012, there were about 6,300. The numbers in 2011 were about 4,400 incidents in January and 6,900 in July. 

Lydia Taylor: "You know, our calls for service do jump and our staffing is lower than we would like it to be. They have actually taken our neighborhood conditions officers and put them back on patrol so we'll have more officers to be working and handling calls."

Spokane Police Detective Lydia Taylor says neighborhood patrol officers will still work their neighborhood but will also respond to call to the police. Those officers are based out of the city's 11 COPS shops. 

The opening of a new police office in downtown Spokane next to the bus plaza is also an effort to reduce crime, specifically downtown.

Copyright 2013 Spokane Public Radio

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