Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

Wednesday, July 26, Mayor Don Anderson welcomed members from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support, who stopped in Lakewood as part of the 2017 Purple Heart Run - a 8,500-mile journey across the nation to raise awareness and support for combat wounded veterans.

At the visit Anderson declared Lakewood a "Purple Heart Community", showing our continued support for our service men and women and their families.

The cross country journey is being done in a modified, mobility-equipped 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck, which is being driven exclusively by amputee veterans. The run began at the foot of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. on July 1 and will end Aug. 13 in Dallas, Texas at the Military Order of the Purple Heart national convention.

That's also where the keys of the truck will be presented to Marine Sgt. (Ret.) Marshall Kennedy, a Purple Heart recipient from Arkansas who was selected as recipient of the truck. Kennedy was on his fourth deployment in 2011 when he lost his legs and severely wounded his left arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Lakewood statement on U.S. District Court jury verdict:

In response to today’s decision by a U.S. District Court jury on the case involving the city of Lakewood and three members of its police department, the city offers the following statement:

While we don’t agree with the verdict, we respect the jury and its decision.

This case boiled down to dissecting and second-guessing over the course of three weeks the actions our officers took during a four-hour standoff where a child’s life was in danger as he was held hostage, dangled out a second-story window and used as a human shield by his father.

Tragically the culmination of events resulted in the loss of life, which will have lasting effects on Leonard Thomas’ family and the police officers involved.

The Lakewood Police Department is always reviewing its practices and procedures for improvement, but is confident the officers involved in this incident acted appropriately given the circumstances they faced.

The city thanks its WCIA legal counsel for its work on the case.

This is the city’s official statement, no additional comment will be offered.

Sound Transit and the state Department of Transportation will be testing all railroad crossings in the city of Lakewood this weekend, as well as every crossing along the Point Defiance Bypass route between DuPont and Tacoma.

That means passenger trains traveling at 50 miles per hour will bisect the city Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16.

Drivers and pedestrians should be prepared for trains to come from either direction at various times throughout the day. People are reminded to stay off the tracks and practice good rail safety. Please see the recent Sound Transit release  for more information on the project. 

The track and signal tests are being done in preparation for the rerouting of Amtrak Cascades passenger trains from the railroad tracks that run along Puget Sound to inland tracks known as the Point Defiance Bypass. These high-speed trains are expected to begin running in a couple months and will be traveling at speeds up to 79 miles per hour.

 

Lochburn Middle School served as the backdrop for an active shooter training this week for local law enforcement – including Lakewood’s police force.

Trainers included members of the Metro SWAT team, who worked with officers to teach them how to respond to a live, mass shooting incident.

It’s a scenario we hope never plays out in Lakewood, but if it does our officers are ready.

Participants received instruction time before heading into unlit hallways of the now empty school to run through the different scenarios they could face in an active shooter situation.

The day ended with a “live” training that included the exchange of gun fire between police and the “bad guys”. Instead of real bullets officers fired paint-filled bullets from their guns, similar to paintball but with less paint and more impact because the bullets were fired from service weapons.

Our officers receive eight hours of training like this every year - which is more than some agencies offer. This is in addition to simulated training our officers complete as well as other training courses.

Watch Assistant Police Chief John Unfred explain why this type of training is so important for our officers.

 

Road improvements are planned for the Oakbrook community over the next couple of weeks. While work is being done you can expect delays up to 30 minutes, so please plan accordingly.

Here's the tentative timeline for when the work will happen. All work will be done between 7 am and 6 pm:

Thursday (7/13) and Friday (7/14) crews will remove paint and symbols from the roads where new chip seal will be applied (see the image below for impacted roads).

Monday (7/17) through Wednesday (7/19) the contractor will place the oil and chip seal, followed by a street sweeper Thursday (7/20).

Fog seal will be applied Friday (7/21) through Monday (7/24) (and maybe Tuesday 7/25).

While work is done please DO NOT:

  • Wash your car
  • Water your front lawn
  • Water down your driveway

Water will keep the new road surface from sticking.

Cars and objects left in the road that impede work will be towed or relocated at the owner’s expense.

Any questions and concerns can be sent to associate civil engineer Omar Barron, obarron@cityoflakewood.us or by calling (253) 983-7713. Thank you for your patience while this work is done. 

The results are in - here's the times for Saturday's triathlon participants. Thank you to all of our athletes and our sponsors for participating in this amazing event. We can't wait to see you again next year! (note: click the results for a larger image)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakewood Police Lt. Jeff Alwine recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, becoming only the second Lakewood officer to participate and complete the rigorous program that includes 3,800 credit hours of coursework and regular physical fitness tests.

Police Chief Mike Zaro also graduated from the academy in 2010.

Based at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, the national academy is a professional course study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers.  Attendees must be nominated by their agency directors and must show demonstrated leadership qualities.

To receive a diploma participants are required to complete a 10k obstacle course built by U.S. Marines that runs through campus.

Over the course of the 10 weeks attendees take undergraduate and/or graduate classes focused on law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, forensic science, intelligence theory, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science and health and fitness.

They also participate in a range of leadership and specialized training, allowing them to share ideas, techniques and experiences with each other, resulting in lifelong partnerships that cross state and national borders.

Alwine was one of 228 people to graduate June 7 as part of the 268th session. Classmates included law enforcement from 47 states, 24 countries, seven federal agencies and every branch of the military. One of his classmates also made history when she stepped on stage and received her diploma marking the 50,000th diploma issued by the academy.

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