City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 7/21/06

July 21, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Gang Emphasis Update: LPD continues the gang task force operation as its major summer emphasis. Thus far we have made 35 gang-related arrests.
  • Special Police Training: Detective Bryan Johnson attended a 3 day conference on Forensic Response to Missing & Abducted Children in Kansas City.  This training was funded by the federal government.
  • Marine Service (MSU) Gets Free Personal Watercraft (Jet skis): LPD’s Marine Services Unit has just acquired two Personal Water Craft (PWC) for patrolling the city’s lakes.  Through Honda’s Law Enforcement loan program, our MSU officers will have use of the two craft for the remainder of the year at no cost to the city.   This will significantly improve coverage on Lake Steilacoom.
  • Lakewood Emergency Response Planning Cell Update:  This group is putting the finishing touches on the City's COOP (Continuity Of Operations Plan), constructing our Pandemic Flu Response Plan, and insuring that both staff and elected officials complete the mandatory NIMS (National Incident Management System) training. We have just learned that all Council Members must complete two NIMS training modules. There are programmed text manuals requiring about one hour work each. Copies of the manuals will be provided to Council shortly.
  • Crime Prevention Agreement with Pub: Lakewood PD and the owner of Pounders Pub and Grub entered into a crime prevention agreement.  The pub was experiencing repeated violent criminal incidents including shootings and large fights.  The business owner has agreed to hire off-duty police officers on selected days to handle the problems, consistent with LPD’s “Raising the Bar” principals.
  • Metro Communications Group Adds Members, Writes Charter:  The ad-hoc group, which has focused on achieving regional interoperability for public safety communications, is comprised of police and fire representatives from Tacoma and Puyallup, police representatives from Lakewood, Dupont, and Steilacoom, and the director of LESA.  Steilacoom and Dupont have just joined the group. MetroComm members are writing a charter which will formalize the group's status, and make it eligible to apply for grants.