Garland business owners plan to curb crime with new COPS shop

SPOKANE, Wash. - An increase in crime over the years in the Garland District is prompting business owners to take action.

In an effort to curb crime, they hope to open up a COP shop just south of Garland Avenue on Monroe Street.

"There are so many unique places here but we have to protect it," Bonnie Quinn, President of the Garland Business District, said.

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The COP shop would cost $14,000 initially along with an additional $1,000 a month to pay for rent and other expenses.

"I think most people think it's a great thing. It would be helpful just having their presence here would go a long way," Dave Jones, a Garland business owner, said.

"In an area where there is a cop shop, crime does decrease it's that simple," COPS director Christine Hamilton said.

Hamilton has been working with the district for a year. "We are passionate about what we do and I think Garland wants a part of that passion and community," Hamilton said.

To make this plan come to fruition, they still need to figure out funding and find at least 20 volunteers.

"It's something we just have to embrace, we have to go forward and I think it could really be a friendly operation," Quinn said.

The district is meeting to discuss the COP shop on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.