JPD utilizes foot patrol to fight crime, create bonds

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The weather is warmer and local police officers are using it as an advantage to utilize another patrolling approach.

As many officers will tell you, as temperatures rise, crime tends to, also and patrolling on foot helps them out.

"We like to get out and show presence on foot," Jonesboro police officer John Shipman said. "We can hear better, we can see better, and it gives us an element of surprise."

Over the weekend, a Jonesboro police officer made two drug arrests patrolling on foot.

"You know, we have different areas of town that show a spike in a certain type of crime," Shipman said.

Cedar Heights is one of those areas and the area where those arrests were made.

For Shipman, he said fighting crime doesn't start and end with arrests. It's about getting out and meeting the community, too.

Shipman patrolled up and down Cedar Heights on Tuesday and met two residents.

Maddie Jamison said she is pleased that Jonesboro police are getting out on foot. She believes that is what the community needs.

"People see police officers and it's like they are scared of them," Jamison said. "I just wish everyone could get along."

For officers, they want to use foot patrol as another way to mend those relationships.

"They can learn from us and we can learn from them about what's going on in their neighborhood so we can better serve them," Shipman said.

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