BEND, OR -- Bend Police Chief Jim Porter is crediting foot patrols for a big drop in crime in the Downtown Bend--Mirror Pond area. Porter says in the summer SRO’s join the special Problem Oriented Policing Team working in the area. The Police Chief says the drop in crime in the Downtown - Mirror Pond area over the past three years way down. He says, "We've been able to push intoxicated calls down 45%, Animal Control complaints down 20%, Mental Health calls down almost 39%. The important ones that we really focused on was Assault calls which are down by 74% Dispute calls down 74% and overall theft cases dropped by nearly 60%." Porter says they worked closely with the Bend Downtown Association to make the area safer.