LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As downtown Lubbock continues to grow, the Lubbock Police Department is working with community partners to increase security.
Police are increasing their presence between the area of Marsha Sharp and 19th Street and Interstate 27 and Avenue Q, working to increase security and hopefully bring more people into downtown.
Two to four additional officers will be in place during high-traffic hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The extra police patrol is in addition to officers already assigned to the area. This includes foot patrols, bike patrols, and even mounted patrols if they are available.
"The downtown area is still staffed with a patrol officer that is assigned to cover the cost of service for this area, but officers that we have hired for this are in addition," Assistant Chief of LPD Neal Barron said. "The push is to encourage development and encourage people come downtown. We want to provide a safe environment for people to come downtown."
This new process provides a way for officers to create bonds with business downtown as well as keep them safe.
"One thing I heard from downtown property owners is that folks that come downtown to work want to feel safe and we can't not have a small part of our population, transient or not, safety at risk," May Dan Pope said.
The upgrade in police presence is there as a way to protect people downtown.
"There is not necessarily a crime problem, but if we can increase the presence and give the general feel of safety in the downtown area due to seeing more policemen then we think its a good thing for everybody in the City of Lubbock," Barron said.
The idea was presented as a proposal to the city and it costs nothing for tax payers.
"The downtown TIF board and Market Lubbock last year as part of the economic development agency got together and brought the council a proposal to fund additional police presence in downtown Lubbock," Pope said.
Officers sign up to be a part of this off-duty service for downtown and are paid through TIF and Market Lubbock for their overtime.