Garland Dist. takes community approach to fighting crime

Garland Dist. takes community approach to fighting crime

Garland Dist. takes community approach to fighting crime

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by KREM.com & Honora Swanson

NWCN.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:19 AM

SPOKANE -- People living in the Garland District are so fed up with crime, they called a community meeting to discuss how to make the area safer.

At a Wednesday night meeting, neighbors weighed interest in bringing a C.O.P.S. shop to the Garland.

Community Oriented Policing Serves -- or C.O.P.S. - is a volunteer-based program aimed at snuffing out crime. Helpers take reports, discuss neighborhood concerns, and often there is an officer on site.

The group is eyeing an office space at Monroe and Providence for its headquarters. Start-up fees are a few thousand dollars, and the rent is about $800 a month. The cost to run C.O.P.S. is paid for by city taxpayers and donations.

C.O.P.S. organizers said if the neighborhood gets enough volunteers, they’ll go to the City for money.
 

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