Sullivan: More Patrols Downtown to Curb Crime

Image from Google Street View.
Image from Google Street View.

More police officers will be patrolling downtown Anchorage late at night when the bars let out, starting this weekend.

Officers will patrol in cars and on foot downtown overnight on the weekends.

Mayor Dan Sullivan says he directed more police downtown during during bar break to deter crime and to increase safety. The decision came after a string of violent crimes in the downtown area this year followed by meetings about the problem with the Police Chief and groups representing downtown businesses.

The decision means at least eight more officers will be on the night shift downtown. The patrols start Friday, Nov. 15.

Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage.

Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email.

Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.

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