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Crime news and notes for Tacoma, September 2009 edition

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 14, 2009 at 5:00 am with No Comments »
November 14, 2009 8:43 am

Tacoma police commanders recently posted their monthly reports for September on the department’s Web site. Here’s some highlights.

Sector 1: Officers and detectives arrested a suspect after a burglary at a Northeast Tacoma home. Investigators developed the suspect information and made the arrest within an hour of the burglary.

The Sector 1 community liaison officers performed three building inspections, four board-ups, impounded 10 abandoned automobiles and made 19 arrests.

Sector 2: One person was arrested after two related burglaries in the 5100 block of South 10th and the 5100 block of South 11th Street. Responding officers found one of the two suspects and arrested him. The suspected burglar directed officers to the location of stolen property.

Officers have been doing enforcement efforts in Wright Park. During the first two and a half week of the enforcement plan, officers contacted at least 96 people, making several arrests and issuing tickets. “Officers who have been patrolling by car, on foot and on bicycle are now beginning to see more families returning to enjoy the park,” the report states.

Sector 3: No report filed.

Sector 4: Officers found a meth lab that had been dumped in the 9300 block of East D Street. The lab team responded.

The community liaison officers conducted prostitution emphasis missions on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. They arrested 13 suspected prostitutes. Six warning letters were sent to the registered owners of vehicles seen trying to pick up prostitutes.

The CLOs also closed 24 suspected drug and/or gang hours and impounded 17 abandoned vehicles.

Gang unit: The gang officers made 41 arrests during September. Of those arrested, 23 were known gang members or associates and eight were on active DOC supervision.

The unit also recovered two guns and three stolen cars.

Traffic unit: Traffic officers wrote 1,630 traffic tickets during September. Drivers in Sector 1 received the most tickets, getting 457. Officers also made 17 drunken driving arrests in Sectors 1 and 3.

There were 1,629 violations issued from the city’s nine red light camera systems.

K-9 unit: The police dogs and their handlers conducted 22 tracks and 11 building searches. They made six felony and two misdemeanor arrests.

Marine Services Unit: The unit responded to a boat accident involving a Coast Guard vessel and another one involving an injured boater in September. They wrote nine vessel inspections, conducted 167 visual vessel inspections and issued five citations.

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