Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Press Release November 6th-17th





Fife Police Department
Press Release


On November 6th at approximately 02:00 AM,  a Fife Officer was conducting patrols in the city parks when he came upon a vehicle backed up to the entrance of a park in the 800 block of 62nd Ave E.  The officer could see that there were two people inside the vehicle, but both were in the rear seat.  The officer observed that what appeared to be a lighter flickering off and on.  The officer contacted the vehicle and both occupants said they had just come from the casino and were waiting for a friend.  The officer could see drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle but both passengers denied any knowledge of drugs inside the vehicle.  A search warrant was obtained and detectives found multiple items of drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.  Both suspects were booked into Pierce County Jail for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. 

On November 9th at approximately 6:00 PM, Fife Officers were dispatched to a report of a large group of people in a heated argument in the parking lot of a hotel in the 5100 block of Pacific Hwy E.  Officers arrived and found that during the argument, one of the male patrons threatened another patron with a knife.  The suspect was located a short distance away and placed under arrest.  Another female suspect lied about her name and was also arrested.  While sitting in the rear of a patrol car, the female became lethargic and told officers that she had swallowed a bindle of heroin.  She was transported to the hospital then later booked into jail. 

On November 9th at approximately 11:50 AM, Officers were conducting a security check of an abandoned house on the south side of the city.  The owners of the house had complained that someone had been breaking into the house and causing damage.  The officers located a male suspect inside the residence who claimed he lived there.  The suspect had been previously trespassed from the property.  He was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest out of Orting and Bonney Lake.  He was arrested and officers found methamphetamine in his pocket.  He was booked into jail for possession of a controlled substance and trespassing. 

On November 9th at approximately 2:00 PM, a Fife Officer was on patrol and was conducting a security check at a hotel in the 3500 block of Pacific Hwy E.   He observed a vehicle occupied by a female and could see that the female had what he recognized was a drug smoking device in her mouth.  When the officer contacted the female, he found that she had other items of drug paraphernalia on her lap.  The female was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin, and possession of a schedule 3 narcotic without a prescription.  She was booked into the county jail. 

On November 16th at approximately 4:00 PM, Fife Officers were dispatched to a report of a fight between two females in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 3400 block of Pacific Hwy E.  The officers found that the two females were in a dating relationship and had been staying at the hotel across the street.  One of the females discovered that the other had been engaging in prostitution activity in their room while the other was away.  A fight ensued and ended up at the restaurant.  One of the females was arrested for DV assault and booked into jail. 

On November 17th at approximately 8:30 AM, A Fife Officer was on patrol and conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 5500 block of Pacific Hwy E.  As the officer approached the vehicle, he could see that the three occupants of the vehicle were moving around in the front and back seats and appeared to be trying to hide something.  The officer asked for additional police officers to help him and other officers soon arrived.  The driver of the vehicle was known to officers from prior cases where he was in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.  All three occupants were convicted felons.  As the officers were speaking to the occupants, one of the officers saw a handgun tucked between the front seat and the center consol.  The suspects were detained and the vehicle was seized for a search warrant.  Detectives located 2 hand guns, 1 shot gun, $4000 in cash, and over a pound of methamphetamine.  All three suspects were booked into Pierce County Jail.       


  

For Immediate Release
Fife Police Department
3737 Pacific Hwy. E.
Fife, WA 98424
(253) 896-8287
(253) 922-6633 (Dispatch)
(253) 922-1220 fax

Sergeant T. Thompson #253

11/19/2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crime Prevention Tips - Residential Burglary

Nothing is more unsettling than coming home to find your house is shambles. The first line of defense against residential burglary is YOU. Criminals often look for good targets prior breaking in. Here are some tips that will help slow down and deter criminals from targeting your home.
  • Cut Shrubbery - Shrubs should not exceed more than 3 feet high, and prune the lower branches of trees up to 7 feet high to maintain clear visibility of your home. Keep shrubs from blocking vision looking into your house through a window. Often, criminals look for homes that have overgrown vegetation that keep them hidden and out of sight from street view. 
  • Lighting - Consider motion sensor lights or lights with a timer that turns off in the morning, and on in the evening. 
  • Alarm Signs - Be sure to place the alarm signs in front of all doors that lead into your home. Even if you do not have an alarm system, find some signs to deter criminals anyways! 
  • Accessibility - Keep items such as ladders locked in your home or garage. Do not give burglars the opportunity to climb through your second story window!
  • House Checks - If you are leaving town for any period of time, whether for business or holiday vacation, you can put your residence on our department's House Check program. Call our non-emergency number at (253) 922-6633 Your home will receive periodic checks by a uniformed officer.
The second line of defense against residential burglary is YOU. Criminals will look for the easiest ways to break into your home. Do not give them this opportunity!

  • Locks - Use locks on all windows, and dead bolts on doors leading into your home. Use large strike plates with lots of long screws and door reinforces. Doggie Doors are also a possible entry point. Place locks on your fence doors and/or bells to alert you!
  • Alarms - Use alarms with very loud sirens and strobes. Alarm stickers on windows also deter criminals from proceeding to enter into your home.

The third line of defense against residential burglary is YOU. The criminal has entered your home and has taken your valuables. Here is what you can do to help Police identify and investigate your stolen items.
  • Serial Numbers - Record the serial numbers on TVs, computers and other electronics. 
  • Safes - Safes are a great way to secure important items such as social security cards, passports, firearms and other items. Keep in mind that the safe should be too heavy for the criminal to lift, and too difficult for the criminal to break into. 
  • Photos - Keep photos of your property, especially jewelry. Keep your jewelry hidden! Store them in a creative area where you think a criminal will never look.
Lastly, consider Fife Police Department's Block Watch program. Know your neighbors and look out for one another. Click HERE to read more about our Block Watch program.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Press Release


Fife Police Department

Press Release

On November 5th the Fife Police Department served search warrants at three massage parlors on the Pacific Hwy E corridor in Fife.  The locations were in the 4800 block of Pacific Hwy E., the 5100 block of Pacific Hwy E., and the 1400 block of 54th Ave E.  The warrant service came after an ongoing investigation that began when the department received complaints about prostitution activities at the locations.  The investigation and warrant service were conducted by Fife Police Detectives and Officers, Lakewood Police Detectives, Detective from the Pierce Metro Crime Response Unit, and Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations. 

Undercover detectives acting as customers went to the massage parlors and were offered sex and sex related acts in exchange for money.  Detectives also found that the massage parlor employees were performing massages without a Washington State Massage license.  Detectives arrested 7 women who were cited and charged for prostitution or practicing massage without a license.       

Press inquiries can be made to Assistant Chief Woods at 253-896-8248.  



For Immediate Release

Fife Police Department
3737 Pacific Hwy. E.
Fife, WA 98424
(253) 896-8287
(253) 922-6633 (Dispatch)
(253) 922-1220 fax

Detective Sergeant T. Thompson #253
10/06/2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween Carnival Success!

We would like to thank everyone who donated to help our local food bank!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Safe Street of the Week!

This week's safe street of the week is 48th Street East from 70th Avenue East to Freeman Road East.  The posted speed limit is 25MPH. Drive safe!