City expands police coverage downtown

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Updated: 4/22/2014 9:01 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- In an effort to make downtown reno a safer place last week the Reno City Council unanimously approved to expand the specials assessment district. The expansion will result in more police coverage downtown. The city says this is a response to a gradual increase in calls for service in recent years.

The increase of officers supports the city's and Reno Police Department's priority to keep residents and visitors safe.

"Reno as a whole, Reno as a community, we're getting stronger. The city keeps getting bigger. We need a bigger print for law enforcement officers walking downtown to let people know it is safe to go downtown and enjoy the venues that we have year round," Sgt. Tim Broadway with Reno Police says.

The focus will be on the entire downtown corridor. Sgt. Broadway says the most common calls for service recently involve fighting or unwanted intoxicated people loitering around restaurants, businesses, and casinos.

Sgt. Broadway tell News 4 RPD will also be looking to market their Reno Reserve Program. The hope is to use the reserve officers in the program as well. Reserve officers are in full uniform and have a category 1 certification, but will be volunteer based.

The increase in police coverage is a seven day a week expansion.

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