The Clovis Police Department is pleased to offer a program like this, which allows a safer alternative for those meeting to sell or purchase items via Craigslist, eBay and even classified ads. The “Exchange Zone” is a marked parking area in front of Clovis Police Headquarters, which is well lighted and under video surveillance.
Although there will not be a police officer present for these transactions, we believe arranging to meet at the police department in an area designated for this purpose will deter those wanting to engage in theft or fraudulent activity. “Exchange Zones” such as this one have come to be known as a “Face Spot” in the online transaction world where those who wish to buy or sell meet face-to-face to complete their transactions. The object of the program is to help reduce or prevent fraudulent and illegal transactions while maintaining the privacy of our residents by not arranging these exchanges at alternative locations like their private residences.
The Clovis Police Department is among the first law enforcement agencies in the Valley to offer a program like this. Assisting the public by offering a place to exchange goods in front of the Clovis Police Department is a safer alternative to other meeting locations, and that is the reason why Clovis Police Corporal Jared Binford worked diligently on this project for the citizens of Clovis.