Tacoma’s East Side residents and their police officers have quite the mutual admiration society going. They know that neither group alone could have done so much to rid the neighborhoods of crime and blight.
Saturday, from noon through the evening, residents and police will celebrate that partnership by honoring the four community liaison officers who not only nab the knuckleheads but respond reliably and personally to the residents. It’s a warm and wry relationship that’s changed that part of the world.
That’s why citizen volunteers started referring to their sector as Bertopia in honor of CLO Bert Hayes.
When reinforcements arrived, they got their own turf with in the sector.
Officer Don Williams is the emperor of Donville. Officer Dan Hensley is the benevolent ruler of Danistan. Officer Lee Ramirez brings peace to Leeland.
To make it all official, crafty East Siders made them ceremonial garb suitable for world domination by the Forces of Good.
They may or may not bring the outfits to the Saturday’s celebration, which starts at noon at the Sector 4 substation, 400 E. 56th St. in Stewart Heights Park. But the basics of a party will be there.
The fun will start with donuts at noon and move on to a burgers and dogs barbecue. Residents are invited to bring a potluck dish to share.
Through the afternoon there will be socializing, stories, awards and speeches, punctuated by fun. The festivities will end with a 7 p.m. movie in the park – superheroes included.