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Reno Police to Expand Presence in Downtown

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Reno police are planning to add more officers to patrol the downtown area in the near future.

The Reno City Council unanimously approved the expansion at their meeting Wednesday night.

It basically lays down the groundwork for Reno Police so they can start planning more patrol for those expanded areas. "It'll allow the downtown enforcement team to be more proactive, downtown to focus on crimes that are outside the task district, coming into the task district. So that way, we'll have a bigger presence, a bigger foot patrol downtown," says Officer Tim Broadway.

Eight more areas would be added to the Downtown Special Assessment District. And that includes Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center and a part of Arlington Avenue. These areas were picked because of the rise of service calls in recent years.

Volunteer reserve officers would make up the foot patrol while the bike team will have other jobs like work on the outer parts of the downtown corridor.

People we spoke with say they're looking forward to this because it will help keep them safe, whether they're walking to the University of Nevada or Aces Ballpark.

"Being that I have two young children, this is something we enjoy doing as a family, coming to the ballpark and I like feeling safe, knowing that their presence is here," says Nicole Melsheimer, Carson City.

University of Nevada student Amanda Baker adds, "I have seen like bums put needles in their arms and stuff. So yeah, it's a good thing that there's going to be foot patrols and even cops on bicycles."

So far there isn't an official start date for the new patrols, but once there is we'll let you know.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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