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Mayor Greg Wheeler announced today a number of steps that are being put in place to expand safety in the downtown core, including area public parking garages. In response to a recent incident in the Washington Avenue parking garage currently under investigation by Bremerton Police, the City has been making downtown safety improvements.
“Safety remains a top priority for the City of Bremerton and we have put in place increased security measures for the downtown area,” said Mayor Wheeler.
As part of added measures downtown, the City has moved a second Bremerton Police car to patrol downtown and the public parking garages. In the next few days, the City of Bremerton will also be activating citizen patrols to begin walking blocks downtown and to conduct drive-through checks of public parking garages. These individuals will serve as extra eyes and ears to report suspicious activity directly to local police. Additionally, the City of Bremerton is coordinating its contract to expand private security services to patrol the City’s various buildings, parking lots, and the three parking garages. The patrols are at random times and occur both during the day and at night. We’re currently working with the private security firm to review options to increase patrols for these facilities.
In addition to the above, there are several improvements for safety that were approved in the 2022 budget for the City of Bremerton or have already been in the works. These include:
“We are committed to improving safety in the City. Over the past several years, my administration has focused on making needed safety updates and we will continue to invest in improvements to serve our residents, local neighborhoods and business districts across our community,” said Mayor Wheeler.