City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/3/06

March 3, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Sound TransitThe city manager and Councilmember McGovern participated today in a multi-agency discussion hosted by Sound Transit board chair John Ladenburg on the alternative grade separation options for the rail line between Tacoma and Lakewood.
  • Police Explorers- Challenge: The Lakewood Police Explorers, Post 253 competed at their first State-wide “Explorer Challenge” on February 25-26 in Federal Way. Our Explorers excelled as a new post and were recognized for their efforts and hard work in training and community service. The most notable accomplishments were 1st Place winner over all individual Drill and Ceremony by Explorer Lieutenant John Webley, 1st Place winner in response to domestic violence call Explorer Sergeant Jessica Lowrance and Explorer Roger Hunton, 2nd Place winner in Field Interview Report (FIR ) Explorer Sergeant Krystelle Purkey and Explorer Zack Crommes, and 3rd Place winner in the overall physical agility Explorer Tiffany Byers.
  • The Lakewood Latino Police Advisory Board: LLPAB hosted a Latino Youth Leadership forum on February 25th  at the Lakewood Police Station with 15 Hispanic youth to prepare for a Leadership Summit to be held in the fall of 2006. These LLPAB Members and the fifteen young people tackled issues at the forum that challenge Latino youth in today's culture. The forum was such a success that another will be held on March 18th to continue the planning sessions for the Summit.
  • Regional Vice Task Force "John Operation" Update: LPD conducted a John Operation on February 24th in the 8800 block of South Tacoma Way. The team made a total of 22 arrests which included 19 Johns, one prostitute, and 2 for drug dealing.  LPD continues to lead other the other cities in arrest rates. We anticipate the diversion fees from the last two operations will generate over $8,000 from this operation for use in additional prostitution enforcement. In addition, these two operations will provide $10,800 to the Metro Development Council to provide outreach and treatment programs for street prostitutes. With this funding, MDC has plans to open an in-patient treatment facility, in addition to drug treatment, mental health counseling, health screenings, and job placement services.
  • LPD Officers Participate in "Hero To Hero" Event: LPD officers donated "the shirts off their back", and participated in the “Pack Out” event held at Camp Murray on February 25th.  "Hero To Hero" is a nationwide program that began here in Pierce County several years ago. Its purpose is to reinforce the connection that our troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Guantanamo Bay have with police officers and firefighters back home. Public safety personnel donate agency logo shirts and other garments, with added handwritten messages of support, which are shipped to units overseas. These garments are extremely popular, morale building items among the troops, and reinforce the fact that while they are in combat zones, their families back home are being protected by cops, firefighters, and medics. This year, over 5,000 shirts were packed up for shipment this week. The event was featured on KIRO TV News.