Results of the Community Service Patrol expansion

FAIRBANKS- Rain or shine, the Community Service Patrol (CSP) is ready to transport people who are publicly intoxicated and who can’t care for themselves. The program was significantly expanded in April with new funding from the City, Borough, and the state. They now have more employees, working more hours, covering the entire city of Fairbanks - not just downtown. Mayor John Eberhart says it’s better to have the CSP respond to these non-emergency cases, rather than other city departments. He told us “Our police officers in particular and our fire fighters are getting tied up on these calls. It took them away from their core missions." Since the expansion, Mayor Eberhart says CSP transports have doubled, while the Fairbanks Police responses have been cut in half - an improvement that saves money and time.