Crime Rates Continuing to Fall In Mountlake Terrace

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Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson and his staff recently presented the 2009 department statistics to the City council.

The Police Departments efforts resulted in an overall decrease in crime of 11% in 2009, which follows a 16% decrease in 2008. Additionally in 2009, criminal filings through the Snohomish County South District Court and associated revenue were the highest for the city in over 10 years.

Chief Wilson attributed the drop in overall crime to focused, proactive and directed enforcement. The police department saw a 79% increase in warrant arrests, 76% increase in criminal citations, 62% increase in juvenile felony arrests and a 34% increase in DUI arrests in 2009 compared to 2008 data. Traffic stops for the department have increased over 50% since 2008 and traffic collisions decreased 6% in 2009. The perception of community safety was also validated by the city’s recent citizen survey that showed the city’s police services and sense of safety above the national benchmark.

Chief Wilson also presented the successes of the Department’s Code Enforcement, Electronic Home Monitoring and Animal Control programs that contribute to the overall appearance and image of the city, an important component for future commercial and residential redevelopment and revitalization. “Mountlake Terrace is a safer and more attractive place to live, work and visit. I am extremely proud of my department and their efforts in 2009. I would also like to thank Mayor Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Sonmore, the City Council and City Manager Caulfield for their support and commitment to public safety,” said Chief Wilson.

“I really appreciate this presentation,” said Councilmember Doug McCardle. “What I see as one of the bright spots is our Chief, Assistant Chief and Commanders sitting here and you all have the same vision and goals, which is a huge reason why the City of Mountlake Terrace Police Department is so successful at the work they’re doing.”

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