Friday, December 14, 2012

Have you seen this man in Fife?

Chances are, if you were home last weekend, you saw Santa and his elves visiting neighborhoods in Fife spreading Christmas cheer! The Fife PD and Tacoma Fire Department Station 12 held their annual "Santa Run" through the south half of the city on December 8th and 9th and will continue tomorrow, December 15th, in the neighborhoods North of I-5. The run will begin at 10:00am. Be on the lookout for the man dressed in red!

Weekly update

 Calls for service for the previous week: 358
There were 59 case reports with 89 incidents.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Speeding semi spins car into building

At approximately 10:31am officers were  dispatched to a collision at the intersection of 54th Ave. E. and 12th St E.     A semi travelling southbound on 54th Ave. E. struck a passenger vehicle, spinning the rear of it into a building and injuring the two occupants of the vehicle. A woman and young girl were both transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The semi also struck a power pole which knocked out power to surrounding areas. Tacoma Public Utilities continues to work on restoring power and says it may take several hours until all customers regain service. The driver of the semi was arrested for reckless driving.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Prostitutes arrested

On December 6, 2012, Fife Police Detectives conducted a prostitution operation in the 5200 block of 20th St E.  Detectives were notified of a large volume of women posting adds on under the adult-escort section that were sexual in nature.  The adds indicated that the women were conducting business in and around the City of Fife.  Undercover detectives were able to contact these females who agreed to come to the location and exchange sexual acts for money.  Five women and one male were arrested and booked into jail for prostitution and felony drug crimes.      

Warrant arrest and drug/money seizure

On December 5th at approximately 1600 hours; Fife Police Officers were on a patrol call in the 2400 block of 62nd Ave E.  As part of their investigation, officers discovered a vehicle that was registered to a male with a felony warrant for his arrest for a residential burglary in King County.  Officers went to a nearby apartment to attempt to locate the suspect and spoke with a female resident who allowed them to check inside her apartment to verify that the warrant suspect was not there.  While looking in the apartment for the suspect, the officers saw what they recognized was drug paraphernalia and heroin on a nightstand in a bedroom.  The officers detained five people inside the apartment and a search warrant was applied for by Fife Police Detectives.  The warrant was granted and during a search of the apartment, detectives located over eight ounces of heroin, methamphetamine, and approximately $33,000 in US currency.  None of the suspects claimed ownership of the drugs or the money.  All five were booked into the Pierce County Jail for felony drug charges. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for Service for the previous week: 513
There were 71 case reports with 110 incidents, including
2 DUI arrests – 2 from emphasis patrols.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Officer Fleming receives recognition for DUI efforts

Fife Police Officer Randy Fleming was recognized last Friday night at the annual Tacoma/Pierce County DUI Victim's Information Panel awards ceremony. The panel was established in 1991 and holds an annual Candle Light Vigil to honor victims killed by impaired drivers and to recognize first responders for their efforts to stop impaired driving. Officer Fleming was one of 27 officers from Pierce County that was recognized and is a multiyear recipient. One officer from each police department in the county is recognized along with county deputy's, state troopers and military police. This year special thanks were given to the Tacoma/Pierce County Chaplaincy program for their service to both the citizens and the first responders during times of crisis. Attendance for the event topped 250 and was held in the Performing Arts Center at Columbia Junior High in Fife. Congratulations to Officer Fleming! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 490
There were 70 case reports with 111 incidents,
including 6 DUI arrests - 0 from emphasis patrols.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for Service for the previous week: 442
There were 69 case reports with 115 incidents, including
3 DUI arrests – 0 from emphasis patrols.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Woman jumps onto freeway

At approximately 11:50am officers responded to the 5400 block of Interstate 5 as several calls came in to the dispatch center reporting that a woman had jumped from the 54th Street overpass onto Northbound I-5. Three lanes of NB I-5 were temporarily closed as paramedics, Fife PD and WSP responded to aid the woman who was struck after landing on the roadway. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for Service for the previous week: 443
There were 60 case reports with 95 incidents, including
4 DUI arrests – 2 from emphasis patrols, 1 Aggravated Assault with gun.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Youth Carnival Tonight!

FPD's Annual Halloween Youth Carnival will be in the Fife High School cafeteria tonight. Frightening festivities begin at 5:00pm and run until 7:00pm. Cost is FREE with a non-perishable food donation. Come join us for games, prizes, candy and safe fun for everyone. Plus every child will receive a pumpkin flashlight when they leave!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

FPD Blog wins best blog award

The Fife Police Department Activity Blog has placed in the top five in the nation from's "Best Police Blogs of 2012" contest. Congratulations on earning this award!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Meet METRO SWAT’s armored vehicle!

If you’ve attended a community event in Fife recently, then you’ve probably had an opportunity to take a look at the Police Department’s newest piece of tactical equipment. If not, then I’d like to introduce you to METRO SWAT’s new 2012 BearCat by Lenco. The armored vehicle was awarded to the Fife Police Department in partnership with the Port of Tacoma through a Port Security grant and is shared among the Pierce County Cooperative Cities group which includes the Metro Swat Team.
The Lenco BearCat was built in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and shipped to Fife in July 2012. It meets the US State Department’s armor level E and is powered by a Ford 550 V10 motor. Other standard equipment includes:  4WD and a rotating hatch.

Optional equipment includes:
1.       4-Wheel Off-Road upgrade package with Run-Flats
2.       Front Mounted Receiver with Hydraulic Ram Post and Plate
3.       Thermal Imaging Cameras
4.       (6) 7” Vertical Gun Ports
5.       Explosive Gas Detection System
6.       Radiation Detection System
7.       Intercom System

To learn more about the roll that Pierce County METRO SWAT team plays in the community, visit their profile page at the WSTOA site here.

The vehicle is dedicated to the late Sgt. Mark Renninger of Lakewood PD              EOW 11-29-2009

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kids leave lasting mark on MCC

The Fife Police Department would like to thank everyone who came out to the City of Fife's Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6th and took a tour of the Pierce County Cooperative Cities Mobile Command Center. The 32 foot long vehicle participated in the parade and was on display all day for anyone interested in taking a tour and learning what this valuable piece of equipment is all about. The vehicle is owned by the Fife Police Department but is available for all surrounding municipalities to use in the case of a large event or natural disaster.
All kids who toured the vehicle were invited by Officer Volkman to leave their signature on the whiteboard walls and cupboards. We hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 439

Fife Harvest Festival

Stop by and say "Hi" at the Police Department's booth at Fife's Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 6th at Dacca Park! We will have free Child ID kits, crime prevention information, safety bracelets and much more! You can also take a tour of the Cooperative Cities Command Vehicle and SWAT rig. Activities begin at 7:00am and run all day long with a fantastic fireworks show scheduled for 7:30pm.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 512

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homeowner interrupts burglary in progress

At approximately 09:00 officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 6000 block of 28th St. E. Officers detained one female suspect after the homeowner came home to find the suspect walking out of his residence with personal items in her arms. The homeowner chased and held the suspect until officers arrived. The female suspect gave conflicting information to officers about whether or not she had a male accomplice. Two nearby schools were temporarily locked down while a K-9 track was conducted. The search for the second suspect came up negative however detectives are following up on multiple leads to identify him.

Fife Police shut down another Marijuana grow

For the second time since June, Fife Police have shut down a marijuana growing operation located a little over a mile from the previous one. Detectives and patrol officers armed with a search warrant surrounded the location and arrested two suspects shortly before 8:00am. Inside detectives found 114 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, manufacturing equipment and drug paraphernalia.The two men who were taken into custody now face charges of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance. They have been booked into the Pierce County Jail and are awaiting arraignment.

Vehicle recovered

Detectives recovered the 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger after receiving an anonymous tip last Sunday. The vehicle was located abandoned behind a building in the 7500 block of Pacific Hwy E. in Milton.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Classic vehicle stolen

Detectives with the Fife Police Department are seeking assistance from the public regarding the theft of a classic motor vehicle.  Sometime between September 8th and September 20th, a purple 1970 Dodge Hemi Charger was stolen from a warehouse in the City of Fife.  The thieves gained entry into the warehouse by disabling the buildings security system then driving the vehicle from the scene.  The classic vehicle is a very distinct purple color and has the word “Hemi” in white and black on the hood.  The vehicle is estimated to be worth $100,000. 

Anyone with information about the theft or location of the vehicle is asked to contact the Fife Police Department at #253-922-6633. 

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 443

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 406

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Officers participate in Chamber Classic

Fife officers participated in the Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce 5th annual "Chamber Golf Classic" today. The Chamber hosted the classic as a fundraiser for Fife High School's FBLA team as they often compete at the state and national level throughout the year. FPD's four man team consisted of two patrol officers, one detective and one communications officer and were graciously sponsored by Fife Towing. The team shot a respectable 2 under par, 70 score for the round!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Man accidentally shoots himself in hand.

At approximately 1004 hrs, Fife Police were dispatched to a report of gunfire at a hotel in the 3500 block of Pacific Hwy E.  Officers arrived and found that a 37 year old male staying in one of the rooms had shot himself in the hand while cleaning a 45 caliber pistol.  The bullet traveled through a wall and pieces of it landed on a bed occupied by another male guest in an adjoining room.  That guest was not injured.

Detectives recovered an additional 5 guns from inside the suspect’s room.  He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.  The case will be forwarded to Fife City Prosecutor for review and consideration of charges against the shooter.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Man claims to be twin brother to avoid arrest

At approximately 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 4th, Officers responded to a reported possible physical domestic dispute in the 4600 block of Pacific Hwy. E. Officers questioned a male and female who had been arguing loudly, disturbing their neighbors. The male suspect repeatedly gave officers the name of his twin brother to avoid arrest on an outstanding Auburn warrant for domestic violence assault in the 4th degree. Both male and female suspects were taken into custody and face possible charges of domestic violence, obstructing a public servant and making false statements to a police officer.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Man found hanging in a tree

On Monday, September 3rd, Fife Police were dispatched to a report of a possible suicide in the 7600 block of 50th Street East. A man’s body was discovered hanging from a tree in a raspberry field that is also the location of a children’s baseball field. Neighbors who were walking home around 7:00pm after a walk to the nearby Puyallup River, discovered the man’s body hanging from a nylon strap that was draped over a tree limb. The neighbors pulled the man down to try and help him, but found he was already deceased. 

Fife Police spoke with other neighbors who knew the man and said he had been showing signs of depression for some time. The man’s journal was discovered and entries inside the journal led officers to believe the man had committed suicide. Police are still attempting to locate the man’s family for notification.    

41 year old man arrested on kidnapping and theft charges

On the evening of Sept. 3rd, Fife Police were dispatched to a report of a missing 7 year old boy at a hotel in the 5200 block of 20th St E. When officers arrived, the boy’s mother told them that her ex-boyfriend had taken the child without her permission. She claimed that she had decided to take a shower and left the boy and the man together for a short time. When she finished her shower, she found that the boy and the ex-boyfriend were not inside the room. She telephoned the ex-boyfriend and asked him to bring her son back to her, but he refused. After several calls to the ex-boyfriends cell phone in which he either refused to return the boy or hung up on her, the woman telephoned police for help. She also found $900 was missing from her room.

Fife Detectives were alerted and found that the ex-boyfriend had a significant arrest record and had been released from jail a week prior for a domestic violence charge. With the help of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the male was located in University Place at the site of his previous domestic violence arrest. The boy was not with him and he claimed the boy was with his brother, a convicted sex offender. After several hours, the brother returned to the hotel with the boy in a taxi cab. The boy was unharmed and the brother was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. The ex-boyfriend was booked into the Pierce County Jail for kidnapping and theft.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

Interested in becoming a Reserve Police Officer?

The Fife Police Department is now accepting applications for entry level and lateral RESERVE POLICE OFFICER positions. This is a non-paid, volunteer position. FPD hopes to fill 5-7 positions. 
Application deadline is September 7, 2012 by close of business and testing is Saturday, September 15, 2012. The testing process includes a physical agility test and a written exam. If a candidate passes both, an oral board interview will follow. This will determine candidates for the November 2012 Academy.  Please send in your application IMMEDIATELY for consideration. Applications and more information about the Reserve Police Officer program can be found here.

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 472

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New officer takes Oath of Office

Judge Ringus administered the Oath of Office during Tuesday's city council meeting to FPD's newest officer, D. Goff. Officer Goff comes to Fife as a lateral officer from the City of Brier. Officer Goff was raised in Federal Way and graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 and became a Police Officer after graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Academy in June of 2010. Officer Goff received a warm welcome from city council members and is looking forward to serving the community. Officer Goff believes, as do all of those who enter the Law Enforcement profession, that becoming a police officer is his calling.

Man causes concern at council meeting, later arrested.

A man making odd comments about his recent activities during the public speaking portion of Tuesday's City council meeting caused concern among those in attendance. The man indicated he could access money faster than anyone simply going to an ATM machine. Officers were alerted and interviewed the man in a nearby park after he departed the meeting. A records check of the man's identity came back with a confirmed misdemeanor warrant for Theft out of Seattle, one misdemeanor warrant for Theft out of Chehalis and a felony warrant for probation violation for Larceny out of Oregon. A DOL check also indicated the man had a suspended license 3rd degree but admitted he had driven a vehicle to City Hall to attend the meeting. The vehicle was still parked in the City Hall lot. The man was then taken into custody and booked into the Pierce County jail where he awaited transport back to Oregon.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 448

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fishermen find body in Puyallup River

Shortly after 10AM on Saturday, August 18th the Fife Police Dispatch Center received a call from two fishermen in the 7100 block of N. Levee Road who said they believed they had located a deceased person in the Puyallup River.  Fife Officers responded and the fishermen directed them to where they had located the body.  The body was caught in some debris in the river just offshore in a brushy area. It was readily apparent to first responders that the subject had been in the water for an extended period of time.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Swift Water Rescue Team responded for the recovery operation. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office arrived and advised they believed the subject was a person that had gone missing while inner tubing in the Puyallup River on July 8th near Orting.  The clothing matched the description from their missing persons case and it appeared there were no obvious signs of foul play. 

The Swift Water Rescue Team recovered the subject with assistance of Tacoma Fire Personnel and Fife Police Department.  The subject was transported to the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office for further identification efforts.  The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency on the investigation.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 439

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fife Police Respond to Assault With A Weapon

On August 13th, 2012 shortly after 9:00PM Fife Police responded to a report of an assault involving a handgun in the 4000 block of Tribute Avenue in Fife.
Multiple Officers responded to the area.  The first officer on scene encountered a subject matching the suspect description walking away from the area.  He was detained at gun point and handcuffed for investigation.  He was later confirmed to be the suspect.
It was determined that a domestic violence assault had occurred involving several members of a family.  At one point during the argument the suspect pulled out a handgun and threatened two family members with it. The weapon associated with the call was located at the residence and taken as evidence.  Three other weapons were also secured for safekeeping.
The suspect was booked into Pierce County Jail on misdemeanor and felony assault charges.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Train collides with car

Thursday evening at approximately 18:45 hours, Fife Police Officers and the Tacoma Fire Department responded to a report of a train vs. vehicle collision in the 4000 block of 78th Ave. E. The vehicle involved was attempting to cross the UPRR tracks at a stop sign controlled crossing when it was struck on the passenger side and thrown into the ditch. Two occupants inside the vehicle were injured and transported to Tacoma General hospital where they were each treated for their injuries.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

FPD hosts its largest National Night Out ever!

The Fife Police Department hosted their 7th annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7th at 5 Acre Park in Radiance. This was the first time the event was held at another location other than Fife High School. Highlights of the evening included the PD’s newest addition, the Lenco SWAT truck, received through a grant from the Port of Tacoma, the D.A.R.E. car, Harley Davidson Motorcycle, Command Center Vehicle and K-9 Demo’s. Activities included a water balloon toss, face painting, chalk drawing, pitching machine, dunk tank, bounce house, climbing wall, games, food, prizes and fun! Cascade Regional Blood Services was on site taking donations to help save lives. Displays included crime prevention material, seized guns from criminals in Fife, Fife Chamber of Commerce and Fife Rotary. The event would not have been possible without help from many organizations and sponsors, we would like to send our gratitude and appreciation to the following partners:
·         Mitzel’s American Kitchen
·         Target of Federal Way
·         Fife Kiwanis
·         Starbucks of Fife
·         Farmers Insurance agent Keith Wood
·         Destination Harley
·         Fife Rotary
·         Seattle SunTan of Fife
·         Fife Lions
·         Valdo’s Catering
·         Fife Chamber of Commerce
·         Fife Flowers
·         Radiance Home Owners Association
·         Clowns Unlimited
·         Les Schwab Tire Center
·         Business Solutions Center (Orting)
·         Mission Foods
·         Boy Scout Adventure Troop 525
·         Los Gordos Mexican Store
·         Fife City Council
·         Fife Dental Center
·         Airgas
·         Taco Time
·         Fife Signs
·         The Right Spot in Fife
·         Tacoma Fire Department
·         Billy Bob’s Offroad
·         City of Fife Public Works Department
·         Omega Morgan Specialized Rigging
·         City of Fife Parks Department

National Night Out 2013 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th.