Nearly three weeks into the , the police director said he has already received positive feedback from the community.
“I have heard from many people that they already feel safer when shopping in the down town area,” said Police Director James Le Tellier.
Since the patrols have only been implemented for a few weeks, Le Tellier said it is too early to determine if it impacts crime levels in the downtown, but feels it will serve the community policing initiative.
“It’s to early to measure its impact on crime rates but I believe it will have a major impact on the quality of life issues and act as a deterrent,” he said.
During each of the officer’s 12-hour shifts, they conduct at least two foot patrols in the downtown which consist of walking around the area and visiting local businesses.
Click through the photo gallery to see Patrolman David Chenoweth during a foot patrol.