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After Long, Arduous Search, Community Policing Group Finds Otis Orchards Home

Sat., March 4, 1995

After months of searching, a third Spokane Valley community policing group has found a building to call home.

SCOPE East, based in Otis Orchards, will be setting up shop in a room in the recreation center of the River Rose Mobile Home Park, 2601 N. Barker. The SCOPE (Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort) group will will hold an open house on March 12.

“We always knew that someday we’d get something,” said Ann Borgman, chairperson of SCOPE East’s steering committee.

The room inside the recreation center has a bathroom and kitchen area and is “living room sized,” Borgman said.

The owners of the mobile home park, Jim and Sharleen Hall, were excited to share space with a crime prevention outfit.

“They won’t hardly be in our way at all,” Jim Hall said. Several residents of the park also have been attending SCOPE East’s meetings and setting up neighborhood block watches.

“They’re moving with it,” Hall said. “Everybody seems to be enthused.”

The SCOPE East group has been looking for a home for almost a year, Borgman said. They’ve checked out five different locations, but until now none worked out.

“In our area, there aren’t a lot of places,” Borgman said. “You have to find an empty piece of land or an empty building. Those are few and far between.”

Of the four SCOPE groups in the Valley, all have either temporary or permanent buildings. SCOPE headquarters at University and 15th also will house the Sheriff’s Department crime prevention unit.

The West Valley group will move in with the sheriff’s department’s traffic unit at E9411 Trent when that building opens in the middle of March. The West Valley group also will share its space with an East Valley group that is still searching for a permanent home.

Beginning March 15, SCOPE East will be open every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The open house on March 12 will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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