Crime Tracker: SPD On Foot Patrol - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Crime Tracker: SPD On Foot Patrol

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are getting out of their patrol cars and working their routes on foot. Even people who usually sit behind a desk are working the foot-beat now. The saturation patrols are a new effort to get police officers, sergeants and even captains onto the street and talking to you.

At least once a week, officers will saturate a specific area. Available patrol and even people who work desk jobs will move into a specific neighborhood and introduce themselves. Sometimes those neighborhoods are hot spots that have seen an uptick in crime. Working areas downtown and under the I-90 corridor are also common places where SPD officers are enforcing their saturation patrols.

The KHQ Crime Trackers went along with officers from the downtown precinct on one of its patrols. Officer Jennifer DeRuwe with the Spokane Police Department walked for blocks armed with business cards, lists of available city resources and even a flier reminding drivers to lock up valuables when they park their car. She offered the information to people she stopped to talk to along the way.

Officer DeRuwe says, “The community members are our eyes and ears. We can go call to call all day long, but to really find out what's really bothering you, what's going on in your community, we need to have that face to face interaction.”

Businesses in downtown say they appreciate the saturation patrols and the added effort by SPD. Madeleine’s Café Employee Ben Whitney told the Crime Trackers, "People feel more welcome and more safe with them down here. I appreciate it very much so it always makes work more fun. Cleaner place, cleaner environment."

In addition to building a stronger relationship with the community, SPD says officers are also policing while they’re out on foot patrols. Officers identified a person with a warrant during a saturation patrol last week and were able to make an arrest.
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • 2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:04:43 GMT
    2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway2 bodies found in pickup truck near Washington highway

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    More >>

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The bodies of a man and woman have been found in a pickup truck near a Washington highway. KCPQ-TV reported Wednesday that the Chelan County Sheriff's Office says it appears someone had been trying to conceal the vehicle. The deputy who went to the call had said someone attempted to conceal the truck with a blanket, duct tape and natural vegetation from the area. The bodies had been in the driver's seat and front passe...

    More >>
  • New Spokane fire chief making response times top priority

    New Spokane fire chief making response times top priority

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:01:22 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When you're in trouble and every second counts - will help reach you in time?  In Spokane, the distance of just a few blocks can double the amount of minutes it takes for first responders to arrive.  But Wednesday, there's a new fire chief in town and he's making response times one of his top priorities.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When you're in trouble and every second counts - will help reach you in time?  In Spokane, the distance of just a few blocks can double the amount of minutes it takes for first responders to arrive.  But Wednesday, there's a new fire chief in town and he's making response times one of his top priorities.

    More >>
  • Cops put parking lot crack cocaine in 'lost and found'

    Cops put parking lot crack cocaine in 'lost and found'

    Thursday, May 25 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-05-25 22:51:34 GMT

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say they've put about $1,600 worth of crack cocaine in their "lost and found box" in hopes of reuniting the drug with its rightful owner.  The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reports the drug was found in the parking lot of a shopping center outside Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree). Wilkes-Barre Township police posted about the find on the department's Facebook page. In a post headlined "FOUND ...

    More >>

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Police in northeastern Pennsylvania say they've put about $1,600 worth of crack cocaine in their "lost and found box" in hopes of reuniting the drug with its rightful owner.  The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reports the drug was found in the parking lot of a shopping center outside Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree). Wilkes-Barre Township police posted about the find on the department's Facebook page. In a post headlined "FOUND ...

    More >>