The Kingsport Police Department is stepping up patrols.
For the first time in more than 30 years, the city has a patrol officer that will foot patrol downtown.
KPD officials said with the continuing growth of downtown, it is necessary to bring back the foot patrols so additional ground can be covered in a more timely manner.
The realignment of personnel positions freed up funds for the patrols.
KPD officials said this will not be a full-time program, but it will coincide with prime activity time periods for downtown.
It is a program the police department hopes to expand in the future.
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