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Update to Tacoma’s crime reduction effort

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
April 23, 2008 4:30 pm

As you recall, Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson has an ambitious new goal.

He wants to reduce crime within the city limits by 50 percent in the next 14 months. And he wants to do it within the existing budget. The clock starts May 1.

Anderson met with city employees last week to discuss how this goal can be reached. The group came up with 28 objectives.

The City of Tacoma posted those objectives on its web site today. On the list: promote home ownership, youth building and crime prevention education, a neighborhood bill of rights, target career criminals, work with schools to develop education and community service programs and create a neighborhood improvement area.

You can click on each objective and get more information, including who would be involved, how it would be accomplished and what resources are needed, if any.

So far, Lights & Sirens readers have offered the following suggestions:

- Reduce the backlog in the courthouse.

- Monitor the number of ex-felons that are being released to Tacoma.

- “Have the Pierce County Sheriff release felons from other areas of the county where they commit their crimes.”

- Use best practices when awarding money to housing facilities that are designed to have relatively low crimes.

- Clean up the homeless camps and deal with the gangs.

- Go after the little crimes.

Our columnist Kathleen Merryman offered eight of her own ideas in today’s paper.

All good ideas.

The News Tribune is running a Hot Button poll: Do you think City Manager Eric Anderson’s goal of reducing crime in Tacoma by 50 percent in 14 months is realistic. You can vote here.

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