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C.P. police to patrol the square on foot

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:53 am
by Big Dog
CROWN POINT | Police want residents to know that if they see an officer walking around the square in the coming weeks, there's no reason to worry.

The city is testing a pilot program that involves placing an officer on foot in the downtown business district during certain hours, Police Chief Keith Hefner said.

The officer will check businesses and keep an eye out for illegal activity and parking violations. The program began earlier this month.

The department will use some overtime to pay for the officer on patrol, or assign a shift officer to the square.

The idea came in response to business owners' concerns about vandalism of the city's scarecrow and fiberglass bulldog displays and the number of bars on the square.

Hefner said the city and his department will evaluate the program after a few weeks to see how effective it's been. They'll look at feedback from businesses and arrest numbers. But they'll also be looking to see if the program has an overall impact.

"It's the feeling people get when they're around the square, if they feel more secure," Hefner said.

He said that when he was part of the Dyer Police Department he saw a similar patrol help officers get to know business owners and be more visible.

If the program works in Crown Point, it could be back next spring, Hefner said.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:18 pm
by Native Son
I think the idea is a good one. It might keep the drunks in line on the weekends.