Week in Review: August 14 through August 20 

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 21 Aug, 2016

Here are the top news stories about SPD, Spokane crime rates, significant arrests, and more.

Spokane Law Enforcement News

  • Meidl answers citizen questions that were brought up after last week's public forum  http://owl.li/PmTj303kvMy  and answered questions in another public forum  http:/ / owl.li/pqMh303qmqS
  • The two finalists for the Police Ombudsman position were interviewed by the commission. The Office of the Police Ombudsman exists to provide independent civilian oversight for police conduct-related matters.  http://owl.li/dEkB303muz7
  • Civilians can take a class offered by the Spokane Police Department called "enhancing the survival mindset" The class provides self-defense teaching and hands-on practice. Find out dates and times here : http://owl.li/NOLI303qD3W

Citizens Making an Impact

  • One group of neighbors had enough with a problem house and sought the help of their Neighborhood Conditions Officer (a SPD officer assigned to certain neighborhoods). Their collaboration shut the house down. If your neighborhood has a problem house, stop by your local C.O.P.S. shop to talk to the NCO.  http://owl.li/OrNQ303qrAI

Crime News

  • Scam Alert: Scammers are impersonating the Better Business Bureau. Here's what to look for:  http://owl.li/Ht7D303kw3T
  • A drunk driver smashes through the wall of a South Hill home. Another reminder that drinking and driving causes severe damage. Always use a designated driver, like a sober friend or an Uber, Lyft, or taxi.  http://owl.li/BfMY303qqM8
  • Baxter the pit bull was stolen from Spokanimal Friday night. If you see him, call the police.  http://owl.li/dRZ9303qqZw
  • A toddler was found in the Nevada Lidgerwood area tied to a fence with bungee cords. Thankfully, a neighbor heard the child and called police. http://owl.li/dN5f303qrlP  If you see an instance of child abuse or neglect, you can make a report here:  http://owl.li/78KX303qrnZ  
  • A woman was shot in the forearm near Manito Park on Saturday afternoon. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and the suspect was arrested.  http://owl.li/Fiv7303rhLW
  • The weekly crime statistics are up on the Spokane Police website.  http://owl.li/ouAQ303muTl

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You don't need to be a police officer to play a role in reducing crime in Spokane! Everyday people are stepping up to make their community safer-here's our favorite stories of citizens taking action to make our city safer.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 07 Sep, 2016

Over 7,000 cases of personal property theft have been recorded so far this year (up 4.5% from this time last year). In many of these cases, Spokane police officers are able to recover the stolen property...with no way of identifying the owner. When they can’t find the owner, the items eventually go to auction to free up much needed space in the police evidence facility. This raises an important question-if your property is stolen and recovered by police, would you be able to prove it’s yours?

That’s where Operation ID comes into play. The idea is to mark your valuable possessions with an identifying number (like your driver’s license number). Engraving a number helps deter theft since it’s harder to sell an ID-ed item to a pawn shop. If the item is stolen, the identifying number helps you prove ownership of the item to the police.

Operation ID also involves creating an inventory of the make and model of all ID-ed items, which you then put in a secure place. In the event of theft, fire damage, or other incident where you need to make a claim to your insurance company for item replacement, your information is ready for the insurance company.

Operation ID is a free service that only takes a few minutes. Bring your valuables to your local C.O.P.S. shop to borrow an engraver and pick up an inventory log.

Another property identification program is SpokaneBikeID.org , a city wide bike registration database. The information uploaded during registration is used by police to connect a recovered bike to its rightful owner. You can bring your bike by your local C.O.P.S. shop and our volunteers will register it for you (and you can get a free child’s helmet while supplies last).

For more crime prevention information, check out our Facebook , Twitter , Linkedin , and Pinterest .
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But there is one thing everyone can agree on: staying safe. And we here at Spokane C.O.P.S. are, as usual, committed to your safety. So we’ve created a list of a few things that you can do to help keep your kids safe as they head back to school.
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Neighbors who are connected together become powerful watchdogs at preventing crime. They can more easily identify suspicious people, can assist each other with tasks like checking in on homes while the owners are on vacation, and more. Creating strong neighborhood connections is a simple way to proactively prevent crime in your community. Check out these ideas to bring your neighbors back together to build those powerful crime preventing relationships (and for ideas on actionable crime prevention ideas, check out our blog post here ).
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