THEY'RE KNOWN FOR PUTTING BAD GUYS IN JAIL.
BUT THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT HOPES YOU DON'T
JUST SEE THEM IN THAT LIGHT.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
TO EXPLAIN HOW POLICE ARE HITTING THE STREETS AND
THE BASKETBALL COURT TO HELP STOP CRIME IN THE INLAND
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KIDS PLAYING BASKETBALL AT LIBERTY PARK ISN'T ANYTHING
BUT IT'S A BIT USUAL TO FIND COPS ON THE SAME COURT.
i like it because there are cops that make me feel
safe here, and you get to have fun with your friends
AKEYSE RICE LOVES BEING PART OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S
IT'S A SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE THAT PAIRS COPS AND
COMMUNITY LEADERS WITH KIDS!
in this day and age, a
lot of youth just see law enforcement
as a negiative action and they see police arresting
people and we want to give an idea of a different
WITH EACH PEP TALK.
OFFICERS ARE BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS AND SHOWING THESE
KIDS THEY MIGHT HAVE A BADGE BUT THEY'RE REAL PEOPLE.
we do have youth here that have been involved in a
negiative way, we are here to not judge them but to
break that cycle and create long-term lasting relationships
BUT IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT PLAYING BASKETBALL, IT'S ALSO
ABOUT HAVING A PHYSICAL PRESENCE IN THE COMMUNITY
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING TO OPEN UP A SOUTH
THE GOAL: GET OFFICERS EVEN MORE INTO THE COMMUNITY.
we are making a big difference we have already started
the precint program by already starting with our captains
and neighbor conditions officers now we want to put
them in physical buildings
THEY DON'T HAVE AN OFFICIAL LOCATION PINNED DOWN,
BUT POLICE SAY THE SOUTH PERRY DISTRICT IS A PLACE
THEY'D LIKE TO OPEN UP SHOP.
AND AT THE SHOP.
WORKERS SEEM TO EAT UP THE IDEA.
if it's more localized precincts that are in small
communites like this you start to feel a connection
to the others and know where the office is - i think
that's an effective force
WHILE THE TREE-LINED STREETS OF THE SOUTH PERRY DISTRICT
COULD BE HOME TO A NEW PRECINT.
BUT IT ALL DEPENDS ON FUNDING.
there is still on-going negotiations relative to real
estate, making sure the budget will support the precinct
THE COMMUNITY POLICING CONCEPT SEEMS TO BE WORKING.
OVERALL, CRIME IS DOWN BY 10-PERCENT.
OFFICERS HOPE A PRECINCT AND THIS LEAGUE DROP THE
NUMBER EVEN MORE.
KYLEE CRUZ, KXLY4 NEWS