The Spokane Police Department said its working to make sure large groups of street kids don't take up residency in downtown Spokane this summer.
The department has been using the colder months to cull the herd of young people who loiter on sidewalks and outside businesses. Capt. Judi Carl, the officer in charge of the downtown precinct, is taking a no-nonsense approach to making sure downtown is a pleasant place for everyone.
It wasn't that long ago that scenes of street kids sucker punching a man in front of the Satellite Diner or sacking a sports apparel store was a frequent sight downtown.
The incidents served as� wakeup calls that downtown Spokane was starting to slip out of control.
The city council reacted by passing a new city budget that included more officers; new ordinances were passed that should clear sidewalks for pedestrians instead of squatters.
Now, as the temperatures climb, so will the number of officers you see on the streets.