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Patrols Reduce Crime Perception In Downtown Davenport

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NETS officers are increasing both their patrols and their community interaction. NETS officers are increasing both their patrols and their community interaction.

If you haven't already noticed them you will more bike patrols in downtown Davenport.

NETS officers have already been concentrated around the city, many times making a big difference in high crime areas. But now they'll be patrolling downtown, but not because they have to cut down on crime. Instead, officers say they must eliminate the perception of it.

That's why several offices are dedicating themselves to two-wheeled patrols.
    
You'll see them downtown at the library, bus station or Spray Park, talking to business owners, residents and visitors, being visible, answering questions, and just having conversations.

"The bike is an excellent tool for us, because we are more approachable on the bicycles," Davenport P.D. Cpl. Andrew Harris said. "People feel more comfortable coming up and asking us questions or giving us information and it takes away that barrier that you would have in a squad car."

We saw that firsthand everywhere we followed these officers today and we heard it over and over again from folks we talked to that this is a positive connection. Statistics seem to back that up.
     
These officers have been patrolling for more than two months and disturbances and assaults downtown are on the decline.

That follows a city-wide trend. The Uniform Crime Report shows crime is down across the city over the past five years.

 

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