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City asks Tacoma residents for input on gang problem

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2011 at 11:49 am with 5 Comments »
September 19, 2011 12:20 pm

Tacoma residents are being asked to take part in a survey to gauge perceptions about gang activity in the city.

The survey is part of the city’s ongoing comprehensive gang assessment, which is slated to be done by the end of the year.

The assessment, the first-of-its-kind in Tacoma, was authorized last year by the City Council. The council set aside $50,000 to study the city’s law enforcement, intervention and prevention efforts.

The assessment began in June and involves a host of city departments, criminal justice agencies, schools, social service organizations, youths and gang members.

Assessors now want to hear from people who live and work in Tacoma.  Citizens can fill out the survey online here or request a copy by visiting the city’s Human Rights and Human Services Department, 747 Market St., Room 836, or calling 253-591-5155.

Surveys must be completed by Oct. 3.

At the end of the assessment, city leaders want to have recommendations for policy changes or new programs that can address Tacoma’s gang problem.



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  1. harleyrider1 says:

    When Chief Fjetland was Chief, the officers were budgeted monies for overtime early and late evening “Gang Enforcement”. There was zero tolerance and the City was divided up and enforcement went out in mass. This way, the problem was not pushed from one sector to another.

    Elderly came out of their homes often to applaud and thank the officers.

    ABC happened to be doing a ride-along one night and their producers thought it was a program that should be national.

    Let’s bring it back.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Open season…no size limit, no bag limit. A fifty buck bounty on each.

  3. S_Emerson says:

    This, among other problems, should have the consideration of the County and ALL cities within the County, with EVERYONE at the same table.

    Similar to the ongoing issue of jurisdictions trying to deal with panhandling, for example, when one city enacts an ordinance to “solve” the problem, the problem just moves across the border into another jurisdiction, then that newly-impacted jurisdiction starts to hold its series of meetings and appeals for public input, then they enact legislation similar to the jurisdiction which, in effect, caused the migration into their jurisdiction in the first place, and so on and so on as jurisdictions across the county reinvent the same wheel over and over.

    Having everyone at the table at the same time makes total sense, yet governments rarely do this–such as the recent fiasco of the 13 jurisdictions who filed suit against Pierce County for their proposed county-wide Flood Control Taxing Authority–which I see is now being resurrected for attempt #2. Maybe this time they’ll at least invite the jurisdictions to the table before trying to mandate a new tax upon every property owner in Pierce County. Maybe.

  4. UaskYIaskYnot says:

    Why are crimes that may be committed by a gang predictable, preventable and worthy of intervention? Why are DUI’s not predictable, preventable and worthy of intervention?

  5. tonnibell says:

    Like Ive said many times on here, I work on So 13th & Fawcett Ave in Tacoma and park right across the street from the homeless ck in point. Apparently they need to be there by 5:00p because at 4:40pm we see on a daily basis the people who you can tell really need the help and others that stand on the corner (of which we have to walk right by) trying to either get, sell or buy drugs. I see at least one deal go down on a daily basis on my drive thru the’hill-top”area. If you dont live in a glass bubble, have raised teens & paid attention to your community, its not hard to spot.
    I also see Tacoma Police drive right by….whats that about? Where’s undercover when we need them?

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