Aberdeen police patrol Amtrak station to improve safety
By Staff report
Dec 11, 2016 at 6:00 AM
In a continuing effort to address community concerns related to the Amtrak train station area, the Aberdeen Police Department has been conducting numerous foot patrols and enforcement initiatives to provide more visibility and to engage commuters and travelers who use the station, police said.
The location of the Amtrak station makes it a community crossroads, separating the eastern and central sectors of the city, Aberdeen Police said.
To address citizen and community concerns, officers are walking around on patrol to engage personally with riders and see first-hand the conditions at the station during their patrol shifts.
These types of patrol initiatives have led to multiple arrests and criminal citations issued to those in violation of laws.
The following is a collection of statistics Aberdeen Police said are the calls for service at the Amtrak train station over the past 12 months: patrol checks conducted, 1,272; vandalism reported, three; thefts reported, 11; trespassing reported, seven; disorderly conduct reported, eight; suspicious circumstances reported, 46; illegal drug violations, five; and fugitive arrests, six.