New Cops On The Block

By Paige Browning

The Spokane Police Department unveiled a new downtown location yesterday next door to the bus plaza.

Officers lined up patrol cars and motorcycles for the ribbon cutting of the new facility. STA is providing seven parking spaces for the SPD. Photo by Paige Browning.
Officers lined up patrol cars and motorcycles for the ribbon cutting of the new facility. STA is providing seven parking spaces for the SPD. Photo by Paige Browning.

The facility will initially serve as a base for the bike patrol, a sargeant and seven downtown neighborhood patrol officers. Chief of Poilce Frank Straub says a captain may be appointed there soon. He says the office could reduce crime in this central Spokane location.

Straub: "We are also placing police police resources closer to the business community, the downtown residents and our visitors."

In fact, businesses will fund the space. The department received funding from the Downtown Business Improvemetn District, support from the Peyton Building landlord and parking spaces from the Spokane Transit Authority. 

Duty or reserve officers will staff the facility day and night, but Straub says if you encounter an emergency, always call 9-1-1 first. 

Police statistics show downtown crime has decreased by 14 percent between January and now, which the departmetns suggests is due to better crime data analysis.

The new Spokane Police Department facility will be open to citizens, and serves as base for downtown officers. Photo by Paige Browning.
The new Spokane Police Department facility will be open to citizens, and serves as base for downtown officers. Photo by Paige Browning.

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