City Manager's Weekly Info bulletin 8/31/2007

August 31, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • SWAT Team Conference and Competition: Our Metro SWAT Team attended the 2007 Washington State Tactical Officers Association Conference and took part in the competition. The competition consisted of six tactical events: Sniper Shoot, Team Pistol Shoot, Team Rifle Shoot, Citizen Rescue, Hostage Rescue and Bus Assault. All teams from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Canada were invited to compete. A total of approximately 25 teams attended the conference and 13 teams took part in the competition. Metro SWAT placed 4th out of 13. For placing 4th, each of the seven operators who competed in the tactical events was awarded a new AVON chemical agent mask. Additionally, the team members received training in entry tactics, tactical pistol, SWAT supervision and command.
  • City Staff Picnic: Over 250 attended the all-staff picnic at Fort Steilacoom Park on August 29th, including family members. Entertainment was provided by Asst City Attorney Mike McKenzie with his well-orchestrated dog tricks, and numerous children’s activities were organized by our Wellness Committee and Parks & Recreation Staff. Special thanks to Dawn Avcular for chairing the committee.
  • Special Olympics Golf Tournament: In continuing efforts to raise funds to sponsor the Washington Special Olympics, LPD hosted a golf tournament August 17th. The tournament was very successful, netting $9,100. There were 18 Golf Teams, over $7,000 in gifts, give-aways and prizes were awarded. Major donors and sponsors were Lakewood Ford, Gene Juarez, Starbucks, Great American Casino, Lakewood Towing, Chuckals Office Supply, Quality Rentals, Harborstone Credit Union, Beds of Roses Florists, Grand Prix Raceways, Northwest Trek, Seattle Storm, and others. LPD thanks all who participated.
  • WalMart contributes to Lakewood’s Promise: WalMart presented Mayor Thomas with a $1,000 contribution this week to Lakewood’s Promise, joining a number of other City businesses in their corporate support of the Promise effort.
  • United Latino Festival: The Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PCHCC) has sent a letter thanking Lakewood for supporting them again (for the 5th year) with the United Latino Festival on August 18th at Ft Steilacoom Park. Approximately 3-4,000 people attended and were served by over 130 vendors from throughout the Northwest. This event was organized with 100% donations from business, vendor fees, and small donations from other resources within Pierce County. PCHCC hopes the festival will become bigger and better in the future. PCHCC would like to acknowledge LPD Officer Figueroa who came out on his own time to help build the stage, hand out fliers, and support the event.
  • Kudos from a Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney: A Pierce County Prosecutor sent an email that says that the LPD Criminal Investigations Unit has done a great job on the Lakewood cases he’s prosecuted. “The (LPD) forensic unit (which is headed by Officer Bryan Johnson, a recent graduate of the prestigious National Forensic Academy) is an example of the unit performing in a professional and responsive manner. We're getting some great forensic reports that are consistent with the "CSI" expectations of the public. We send our compliments and an expression of gratitude to the lieutenant and the police chief.”
  • TASER Shot Saves a Life: August 25th LPD patrols were dispatch to call concerning a subject reporting he was going to kill himself with a knife. Upon arrival, the LPD patrol officers established their lethal and non-lethal response team, as per protocol and called subject outside. As he stepped out, he thrust a large butcher knife against his throat and began to slice his throat. Just as the subject tensed his arm and started to push against his throat, Sergeant Karin Shadow, the patrol supervisor and designated non-lethal member of the response team, launched her TASER projectile, striking the subject in the chest. The TASER application caused the subject to immediately drop the knife and drop to the ground. He was then detained without further incident. Fire medics on scene testified that, given the critical arteries in area of the throat where the subject began to cut himself, Sgt Shadow’s TASER application undoubtedly saved his life.