Mayor Mike McGinn today announced an additional $400,000 to extend summer police patrols through the end of the year in crime hot spots across the city’s five precincts. The money will buy about 180 extra officer hours per month, largely through overtime.
“We know people want to feel safe and secure in all of our neighborhoods, not just downtown,” McGinn said in a news conference at City Hall. He said precinct captains would identify problem areas through crime data and in response to the concerns of their communities.
The additional money comes from better-than-expected city revenues. The mayor suggested that the funding would be available again next year to continue the additional patrols.
The mayor also announced a pilot project to keep Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill lighted at night to help prevent crime. The city in June added two park rangers who divide their time between Cal Anderson and Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.