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Police have officers dedicated to downtown Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Is downtown Spokane safe? That’s what some might be wondering after a victim of a shooting downtown passed away on Tuesday.

Detectives are still actively investigating the shooting that happened near the Monterey Café late Saturday night. Police say there actually is a unit dedicated specifically to protecting downtown.

“You’ll see them on foot patrols. You'll see them on bike patrols. Their whole time is down there dealing with the various different issues that happen downtown,” says Officer Josh Laiva.

Laiva says they have 10 neighborhood resource officers specifically in their downtown precinct. In addition to that, on the weekends, they additional officers for bar patrol at night.

The night of the shooting near Monterey Café, they had three additional officers nearby. They arrived on scene within two minutes after getting reports.

So though there might be concerns from people, Laiva says there is a large police presence for incidents.

“We're there. We're close. We can respond there immediately and either render first aid or help however we can,” he says.

If you’re wondering about special events, Laiva says they also bring in more officers in those cases too.

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