Fresno’s city budget will provide more satellite police stations for officers to work, which means more officers spending time in those areas. The city council budgeted $50,000 to pay for substations in the El Dorado Park neighborhood west of Fresno State and in the Tower District near Olive and Fulton.
For months now, hundreds of people who live and work in Fresno’s historic Tower District have asked for more police patrols.
Heather Duncan works at the Tower District’s Chicken Pie Shop.
“You do get the people who are just hanging out outside and then a lot of times they will come into the restaurant and then we have to get the cops involved,” said Duncan.
Fresno city leaders say soon things will be changing in the Tower District. Recently the City of Fresno budgeted $25,000 dollars to station cops in a vacant building near Olive and Fulton.
“We’re going to be taking probably about half of the building. That will incorporate space for cops on bikes to come and do the writing of their reports, or even some of the patrol officers that are there,” said Fresno City Councilwoman
Utilizing this building directly addresses concerns about crime in the Tower District.
“I know a lot of people that have been living in the Tower District for a long time have been really concerned and expressing their opinions about it. So it’s nice to know everybody is being heard,” said Duncan.
Fresno Police say the satellite station puts them in a good position to take on major challenges south of here.
“Drugs and gangs on the Belmont side of it, so we are discouraging them to travel north,” said Lieutenant Mark Salazar of the Fresno Police Department.
Officers say a renewed focus on patrols in the Tower District is already producing results.
“We haven’t had crime in the last three days in the Tower and last week in a three day operation. No crime,” said Lt. Salazar.
City leaders expect the new police stations to open sometime this fall.