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Proposal to Expand Police Presence in Downtown Reno Moves Forward

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Reno City Council is considering a proposal to boost the number of police in downtown Reno.

Council members have been looking at the project since last year. Officials say it's part of a continued effort to make the downtown area as safe as possible for locals and people from out of town.

"How we're trying to improve and enhance the safety of downtown Reno, trying to make downtown Reno an attractive place to come, a lot of the concerns that people have about it are a misperception. It's really a lot safer than people think it is," says Deputy Chief Tom Robinson.

And, that's the number one thing that everyone from the police department to the city council wants to get out there.

On Monday, council members approved to move ahead and continue to talk about expanding the Downtown Police Special Assessment District. If that's approved by the city council, more police officers would be in more parts of downtown Reno.

"The expansion will allow the officers on bike to go out into the expansion area where they don't go now," Deputy Chief Robinson said.

City officials picked eight different places to expand after finding a gradual increase in calls for service.

The expansion would include the area around Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, a big stretch of road on West 4th Street, and the area around the Arlington Towers and the Greyhound bus terminal.

The expansion would also include California Avenue and Court Street near the Truckee River, the area between Virginia Street and Holcomb Avenue from the old city hall to Mill Street. Just north of that, is the 6th spot at Aces Ballpark. The 7th spot of expansion would be the industrial area north of East 4th Street to Interstate 80. Finally, the last is in the area around the University of Nevada.

Council members will pick up the conversation on April 16th and they'll go from there on what to do next.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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