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Police: new precinct helping limit crime, create safer community

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  Two areas known for crime are seeing vast improvements this year after a precinct was built to focus more attention on those neighborhoods.

East Sprague and South Perry have both seen large decreases in violent crimes in 2014. In the area around South Perry, violent crime is down 34.72% this year. Along East Sprague, the decrease is even more drastic: 44.16%. 

Spokane Police say a large reason for the impressive stats is the precinct put in late last year. 

“It's gotten us down into the neighborhood and helped us meet people and learn what the problems are,” Captain Dave Richards said.

“We've done a lot of emphasis patrols, and we're also knocking on doors, giving crime prevention tips.”

Captain Richards says those areas were riddled with crime when he was a young patrolman. But in the last few years they've become family-friendly.

“I see a lot of businesses too,” Capt. Richards said. “Ones that want to engage with the police department.”

And business owners in the area agree: it's simply safer since the new precinct was put in.

“Over the last few years we've made real improvements,” James Hanley said. Hanley owns the Tin Roof, and his family has lived in East Sprague for more than 60 years.

“To say it's a high crime area is the wrong perception,” Hanley said. “It's safe here.”

The South Precinct is one of three Spokane Police operates. They also have one on the North side and one downtown.
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