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  • Email details tense meeting between police volunteer group and Spokane mayor

    Following a tense meeting with Spokane Mayor David Condon, the director of a volunteer-driven community policing organization said he was uncomfortable around Condon because the mayor is “aggressive and angry …


  • COPS nudged toward more independence

    Spokane’s volunteer group Community Oriented Policing Services will move its headquarters out of the Public Safety Building this year, thanks to a city push to make the group more independent. …


  • Crew member of TV show “Cops” killed in Omaha police shooting

    Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show “Cops” as well as the suspect, who …


  • Spokane’s downtown COPS shop moving

    The downtown COPS shop is moving down the street. COPS Greater Spokane will move from the second floor of 120 N. Stevens St., to a storefront office at 169 S. …


  • COPS and riders: Bikers hit road on fund run

    The roar of 40 motorcycles ripped through the air early Saturday morning in Spokane Valley, marking the beginning of a charity ride for an organization administrators say is starving for …


  • Pact allows some city services at COPS shops

    The city and Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services have reached an agreement on a contract through the end of 2013. The 10 neighborhood COPS shops are staffed by volunteers, and …


  • Garland COPS shop idea receives support at meeting

    The Garland Business District held a meeting Feb. 20 about bringing a COPS shop to the Garland area. Close to 100 people and many city officials were at the meeting, …


  • Chief: COPS shops could be City Hall outposts

    The 27 Spokane neighborhood councils each send a representative to the monthly meeting of the Community Assembly on the first Friday of every month at City Hall. The tightly structured …


  • Volunteers still drive neighborhood patrols

    It’s a chilly Friday afternoon in northeast Spokane. Kim Bailey and Sandy Smith have been watching the weather forecast carefully for a couple of days, hoping it wouldn’t start snowing …


  • City considering COPS reform

    Spokane’s relationship with nonprofit Community Oriented Policing Services was jolted this month as the city considers program changes at the neighborhood centers it funds. COPS board Chairman Jack Brucick sent …


  • Nightmare neighbors upset neighborhoods, strain resources

    Karen Cronin was sitting in her front room across the street from Underhill Park when she witnessed her 5-year-old grandson being struck by another child wielding a stick. Another time, …


  • COPS holds crime-prevention event

    About 40 people joined Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, neighborhood resource officers, COPS representatives and crime specialists, at a COPS-sponsored community crime prevention forum at Northeast Community Center …


  • Small COPS shop shopping for helpers

    Located in a restored warehouse just off Indiana Avenue, COPS North Central is the last of Spokane’s 12 Community Oriented Policing Services shops to be profiled this summer. And it …


  • COPS on lookout for new shop

    All the Community Oriented Policing Stations in Spokane have their own housing arrangements. Most rely on the charity of a landlord who charges next to nothing for them to use …


  • COPS Mission Avenue serves from campus

    COPS Mission Avenue is located on Spokane Community College’s campus. SCC has its own security staff so COPS Mission Avenue is not that involved with campus life, except when a …


  • North Hill COPS shop runs on wheels

    If neighbors don’t come to COPS, then COPS will come to them, and no, it’s nothing like the TV show. It’s not well-known that Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services has …


  • Small, award-winning COPS Logan needs aid

    Located in a small house on the outskirts of Gonzaga University’s campus, COPS Logan has been at different addresses in the north Hamilton neighborhood since 1995. The shop is renting …


  • COPS Northwest has longest hours

    Profiling the Community Oriented Policing Services shops for The Voice this summer, and traveling from one to the next, it quickly becomes obvious that all COPS shops are not created …


  • COPS Northeast wears many neighborly hats

    COPS Northeast was the second COPS shop to open, after COPS West, and volunteer Lynn Weiler has been involved there since the beginning. Back in 1992, the shop was established …


  • Neva-Wood COPS volunteers encounter diverse problems

    COPS shops are located in many different settings and buildings. There is one at Spokane Community College, there is another one at Lewis and Clark High School, and then there’s …


  • McGruff looking for volunteers

    Are you ready to take a bite out of crime? McGruff the Crime Dog is COPS’ furry mascot and he needs a little help making it to all his engagements …


  • Property disputes hot issue in southeast

    No two COPS shops are the same. Each shop reflects the unique issues, people and challenges of the neighborhood it’s located in, and the calls and contacts coming in every …


  • COPS shop covers area from downtown to 57th Avenue

    COPS Greater Spokane is different from the other COPS shops in one major way: it covers a huge geographical area, including all of downtown, the western part of the South …


  • As COPS West turns 20, need for volunteers is great

    COPS West is where it all began. Actually, it all began with the disappearance of Rebecca West and Nicki Wood, 12 and 11, who walked to the store in 1991 …


  • Grant to fund crime victim education

    Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services received a $40,000 federal grant for its part of the Spokane Crime Victim Service Center. Lutheran Social Services is the lead partner in this center …


  • COPS fundraisers coming up

    Nevada-Lidgerwood COPS have a couple of fundraisers coming up next week. First off is a pizza night at Shakey’s Pizza on May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. The restaurant …


  • Spokane Law Enforcement Museum to open soon

    William Horatio Lewis was born in Manlius, N.Y., in 1855. He headed west as a stagecoach driver and was one of the first civilians to arrive after the Battle of …


  • Safe havens for children needed

    The crime-fighting dog McGruff is looking for a few more houses. In 1986, the McGruff Safe House program was established in Spokane, and over the years it grew to count …


  • Only 1 in 7 agencies to get police aid

    Thirty Washington cities will share more than $18.5 million in federal grants to hire new police officers — but not Spokane or Seattle, shut out by federal officials who decided …


  • COPS gets central location

    Hundreds of people turned out last week when Greater Spokane COPS celebrated the opening of its new office on the second floor of the 1889 Building on the corner of …

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