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Spokane Police Department opened a new precinct in Hillyard on Tuesday. Spokane Police Department opened a new precinct in Hillyard on Tuesday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Police Department opened a new precinct in Hillyard on Tuesday. The Captain of the Hillyard precinct, Craig Meidl, says that it's one more step in the community policing model.

"By being in this precinct it helps us to get back to the relationships of police work," says Meidl.

The Hillyard precinct will not have patrol officers immediately but will be staffed with two detectives, one crime control lieutenant, a front desk officer, and the Captain during the daytime hours. In the evening there will be a power shift, shift commander and graveyard lieutenant.

The city is looking at other locations for precincts. The next project will be one in downtown and, in the future, a South Hill location is likely.

Meidl says branching out allows the department to work with their partners and other organizations more efficiently. "We're not buried in the middle of the Public Safety Building."

"Hillyard is an area where there's a lot of businesses, a lot of organizations and a lot of people," says Meidl.

Business owners who have shops in the area say the police presence is a welcome addition.

"It keeps everyone honest," says Ryan Miller who recently opened Give it a Shot Espresso. "Just the thought of having someone right around the corner that could be watching, I think that's a good thing."

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