COEUR D'ALENE POLICE ARE CONSIDERING OPENING A SUBSTATION
IN THE EAST SHERMAN NEIGHBORHOOD TO COMBAT CRIME .
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA TELLS US WHY THEY THINK IT'S A
GOOD IDEA AND WHERE THEY'LL GET THE FUNDING.
The Coeur d'Alene Police Department says they responded
to nearly 550 calls for service in the East Sherman
neighborhood in 2013.
That neighborhood stretches from 8th St.
east to Interstate 90.
Of those calls the majority were drug related followed
closely by theft and vandalism.
The police department says just an increased presence
in that area could cut down on those crimes.
Biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak,
BREAKFAST IS ON EVERYONE'S MIND NOT CRIME.
We've had some issue with break-in and some other
things but for the most part everything has been fine,
BUT CO-OWNER GRETCHEN SURBER SAYS A FEW MORE COPS
ON THE STREET WOULDN'T HURT EITHER.
Cost is always an issue but if it could be worked
out we would love to have their presence here,
CDA POLICE FEEL THE SAME WAY AND WANT TO PUT A SUBSTATION
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO CUT DOWN ON CRIME.
SOMETHING SIMILAR TO SPOKANE PD'S COP SHOPS.
Integrate with the neighborhoods.
That's your most successful programs when you're working
closely with your neighborhoods,
THE COEUR D'ALENE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS EAST SHERMAN
IS A HOT SPOT FOR CRIME AND HAVING LATE NIGHT BARS
AND SEVERAL HOMELESS OUTREACH CENTERS THERE INCREASES
THE CALL VOLUME.
ENOUGH SO THAT ADDED PATROL WON'T WORK.
We're really quite busy.
We are going call to call to call so we don't really
have time for that directed patrol that we would like
BUT SOME RESIDENTS LIKE GABE ROBERTSON DON'T THINK
It's a little over the top I really don't think it's
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT CAN REFURBISH AN EXISTING
BUILDING FOR AROUND 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
My main concern is who's going to pay for it,
AND ASK THE CITY COUNCIL TO HELP FOOT THE BILL.
We do have funds within the police department that
we have not expended, sometimes we have salary savings
so that might be an option as well,
POLICE SAY A SUBSTATION WOULD ALSO HELP PUT A POLICE
FOOTPRINT BACK IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.
I think our law enforcement does a fantastic job with
what they have,
The Coeur d'Alene Police Department says if everything
goes according to plan and they get approval to do
this, they could be up and running in a few months.
Reporting in Coeur d'Alene, Aaron Luna KXLY 4 news.