dr marten sale SPD gets 20 suicide calls a year to Monroe Street Bridge
Until recently, there haven’t been any plans to stop suicide attempts at the Monroe Street bridge. As a result, the Spokane Police Department has received about 250 calls to that very bridge since 2005. That’s a rate of about 20 suicide related calls each year.
Spokane’s newly created Suicide Prevention Task Force wants to change that,
and stop that number from growing.
“I realize there’s a historical factor with the Monroe Street Bridge and we’ve got the river. So we’ll need to work closely with the arts community” Lemus said. “If we can make it a barrier that’s artful to maybe go on the bridge we’ll definitely have to work with the city’s historic preservation to consider that piece.”
Last summer, Spokane law enforcement and fire officials said it’s not feasible to patrol the bridge, but Lemus said that doesn’t mean it’s not on the table.
“It definitely takes a lot of money to fund public safety,
so I’m sure there would be a hefty fiscal note attached to that,” Lemus said.
As for funding, Lemus said the task force will consider petitioning the state legislature.
“It’s great that we’re doing this work now over the year so that in the 2019 session we can approach our legislators and say here’s what we’ve come up with,
can you help champion this,” Lemus said.