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Lakewood gets more money to fight car theft

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 31, 2009 at 5:00 am |
March 31, 2009 5:00 am

The Lakewood Police Department has received another infusion of grant money to help fight auto theft.

The department received $530,000 last year to form the Pierce County Auto Theft Task Force. The one-year grant came from the state Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

The task force is comprised of investigators from the Washington State Patrol; the Lakewood, Tacoma, Fife and Puyallup police departments; and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. It also partners with Pierce Transit, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pierce County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

The Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority recently awarded Lakewood PD $129,042 in additional grant money, according to City Manager Andrew Neiditz.

Here’s a snippet from Neiditz’s weekend bulletin:

The purpose is for the purchase of equipment and technology to aid in the fight against Auto Theft. The money will be used to purchase items, including two Automated License Plates Readers, Electronic Surveillance Technology (both audio and video), some high powered binoculars and night vision equipment. These funds will also be used to purchase other surveillance equipment in a dedicated surveillance van.

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