Partnership with police allows Knitting Factory to reopen

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:29 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Knitting Factory is back in business effective immediately.

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub announced the development at a press conference Thursday morning. The decision came three days after Straub ordered the Knitting Factory to close because of a shooting outside of the venue.

Chief Straub said the police department and Knitting Factory COO Greg Marchant came to an agreement on Thursday. They agreed to increase communication, take proactive action and practice preventative policing. Both parties will share security information with each other. Chief Straub complimented Knitting Factory security, but acknowledged problems tend to happen when events shut down.

The Knitting Factory plans to add extra security and the police will have extra officers in the area. They hope the new policies will any additional violent crimes.

Mayor David Condon called this a new day and a new partnership. He says the top priority is to make everyone feel safe.

Friday’s show remains cancelled. The Knitting Factory’s 90 employees will return to work after this week. They are looking for maintenance and cleaning jobs to get them through.

This was the fourth shooting at the venue in the last year.

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