Weekend revelers heading out to sample Seattle's nightlife can expect to see more officers on the streets as patrols are added to hot spots around the city of Seattle. As a result, the number of DUI arrests have significantly increased.
Police are looking for people causing trouble - but officers say it's also about building trust. The purpose of this emphasis patrol has been visibility, and to ensure that possible trouble makers are aware that the police are in the area, ready to act if need be.
All too often crime creeps in the summer - so the Seattle Police Department just put 25 officers on late-night patrol in city neighborhoods that are hot spots for nightlife, including Belltown.
These aren't new positions, but a redeployment of officers from other departments including SWAT, traffic and DUI - beefing up patrols on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Police Department stepped up patrols in Belltown after a rash of crime last summer - including a fatal shooting outside a Belltown bar.
And just this week, vandals smashed out the windows of several businesses in the area.
"When you have a small area like this, and you throw in a high concentration of people who've been out partying all night, anything can go," says Depina.
She and Officer Bender will be out making sure everyone has a good time - at no one else's expense.
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