Chief Straub Responds To Concerns Of 'Street Kids' Affecting Downtown Businesses
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub responded Tuesday to comments questioning his department's efforts in fighting crime in downtown Spokane. The comments came after another business closed their doors and questioned the number of "street kids" hanging out nearby.
The Blue Spark closed this week and said they had problems nearby with the Ridpath and other things. Police Chief Frank Straub said things are improving downtown and the numbers prove it. In the past year crime has decreased 10.5% and the Spokane Police Department has added a whole new office in that area.
Frank Straub says he's heard lots of complaints about "street kids" hanging out in groups downtown, specifically by Riverfront Park. He said if they are doing nothing wrong they will not do anything about it. Straub said that they have as much of a right to gather as anyone else, but he says in the next few months there will be a few ordinances going to the council dealing with loitering in the downtown district.
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