For the first time in decades,
Christine Malone is downtown every day. It’s where she lives, plays with her son, and works.
"I do a lot of walking (downtown) my son and I walk to the library to restaurants all the time," said Malone.
She works as a vendor with the
"Last year we had decided as a market that we would hire a police officer because it does get very crowded, a lot of people come in. There's a lot of vendors in a small little space," she said.
To protect others working in downtown, Police Chief Rusty York has introduced a new downtown beat.
"With more and more businesses and more and more restaurants coming downtown, it's important not just to have officers in cars driving through and we do that often but to bring it down to more of a personal level and have the officers on foot or obviously on bicycles today," said York.
There will be two officers patrolling the streets of downtown Monday through Friday. Although crime is not biased to week days, the beat was designed for the working professionals.
"Primarily for the business folks that are downtown, that are coming from work or going to work many of them walking riding bikes themselves, to and from parking lots, out to lunch," said York.
Officer Dan Hutson with the Fort Wayne Police Department says the beat was needed.
"A lot of what we're dealing with so far are quality of life issues downtown, things that may slip through the cracks with district cars who are out taking runs in the various districts throughout the city who are maybe too busy to deal with some stuff downtown,” said Hutson.
Officers will be on foot, bicycle and T-3’s. Chief York says this won’t cost any additional money because they already have all the equipment available.