Citizens and visitors of Mountlake Terrace experienced another year of low crime rates. Since 2008, the police department has increased their visibility and proactive enforcement efforts leading to an overall decrease in crime over the last three years, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting data going back to 2004.
The enforcement efforts have also increased the number of criminal/civil filings through Snohomish County South District Court. In fact, filings and associated revenue in 2010 was the highest in the last 11 years. These and other findings from the 2010 police department statistics were presented by City of Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Greg Wilson and his staff to the City Council at their March 31 work session.
Chief Wilson also reported on the success of the Department’s Code Enforcement, Electronic Home Monitoring and Animal Control programs. He remarked that all of these programs contribute to the overall appearance and image of the city, an important component for future commercial and residential redevelopment and revitalization.
“I’m surprised that in this economic downturn the statistics for 2010 are up a bit, but down compared to 2006 when the economy was good,” said Councilmember Rick Ryan. “I would have expected it to be the other way around. Our police department should be proud of their achievements.”
Councilmember John Zambrano commented, “I’m extremely proud of the team you’ve built and the culture you’ve instilled in the city’s police department.”
“Mountlake Terrace continues to be a safe and attractive place to live, work and visit. I am extremely proud of my department and their efforts in 2010. 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.