Coeur d’Alene Police working to combat spike in crime near downtown bars

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The City of Coeur d’Alene is trying to figure out how to get control of alcohol-fueled trouble in the city’s bar district.

The police department has seen a spike in crime in the area. Since the last council meeting, the department says a few bars voluntarily closed early, and that helped reduce fights and other reports of crime.

The City is still trying to work with business owners to come up with a solution to keep people from being over-served. Among the recommendations are for business owners to train staff through programs offered by the Idaho State Patrol’s Beverage Control.

The council is also considering other actions, like adopting a public intoxication ordinance. That would be enforced against people who are both drunk and causing trouble.

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