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Keeping Summer Peace
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Two shots fired reports isn't the norm in any part of Cedar Rapids, but that's how this week has gone do far for people here along 15th Street Southeast.
Police today say the way to keep the neighborhood safe is to be more visible in it more often.
Rick Saddoris says there isn't much that can shake him. He says he's even been shot at a few times.
"I feel more intimidated with the kids because there's too much violence and with the kids running around, somebody's going to get hurt."
For the police officers trying to stop that, their cruisers serve a lot of purposes and let them cover a large amount of ground in a short amount of time.
"However it is very ineffective as far as community policing because while we're in our car, we're not very approachable," said Cedar Rapids District Commander Lt. Tobey Harrison.
Lt. Harrison says with the nicer weather, officers are more likely to do foot patrols through neighborhoods. It let's them get a feel for what each block is really like, and maybe catch small problems that they'd never hear about if they stayed in their car.
It means those problems "don't grow and fester into something else, a bigger problem," said Lt. Harrison.
That means officers might get involved in what would seen like a neighborly issue.
He says five or ten minutes now, before those small things build up, could save time and lives later, especially for younger people.
"It's good for the kids to know there are people who care," said Saddoris.
Even the ones that wear a badge.