Agencies team up to improve city’s downtown

August 2, 2016 by  

The Anchorage Downtown Partnership (ADP) and the Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA) have teamed up to create a program they are calling ‘Safety First’.

They have established a “security hotline” number (907-297-4471) that anyone can text or call to report a concern. These could range from finding trash on the sidewalk to seeing someone facing harassment. The two agencies say the aim of the program is to help visitors enjoy Anchorage, as well as improving the area.

The ACDA manages Anchorage’s parking meters, the bus depot, and its garages, while the ADP is supported by downtown businesspeople. The organization provides security “ambassadors”, who wear bright yellow vests, to increase the “eyes and ears” focused on downtown.

The two agencies recently said people can use the new line to request help with serious situations. In addition, people can call for routine tasks like picking up trash, cleaning up the sidewalks, and removing graffiti. The program does not take the place of calling the police in situations where law enforcement personnel are needed, but it does hope to take some of the pressure off the police department, freeing them from handling “nuisance calls” so they can concentrate on more urgent matters.

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