Spokane’s Quarterly Review: Crime Down, Permit Wait-Time Up

By Paige Browning

The City of Spokane is proud to report a drop in crime, more city-to-citizen interaction, and quick emergency response times over the last few months. Mayor David Condon highlighted the bright points of the city’s quarterly review today (Monday) at a news conference.
 
The review points out that overall violent crime is down more than eight-percent from this time last year. Homicides alone are down 30-percent.
 
For emergency response, the city is proud of the time frame of eight-and-a-half minutes. Within that time, fire personnel get to 94-percent of structure fires, and to 90-percent of non-life-threatening medical calls.
 
While police and fire are improving, Condon says there is work to be done in other areas. For example, the business permitting timeline.
 
Condon: “We are still pushing ourselves to meet our goal. Our short route performance measure right now is at 14 days, our goal is 10 days. Our full route permitting is 30 days, and we’re at 37 days.”
 
These items and many more are part of the city’s quarterly review. This is the second consecutive review from the Mayor’s office, and the third will come in May.
 
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