Friday, May 31, 2013

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 727
There were 47 case reports with 66 records.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Special Olympics Washington ~ Law Enforcement Torch Run this Friday

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for SpeFcial Olympics Washington is this Friday, May 31st. If you use west bound Pacific Highway East as part of your commute, be advised of possible traffic back-ups between 3:30pm and 4:30pm as the "Flame of Hope" makes it's way through Fife.

Over the past 32 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has evolved from a symbolic awareness run to one of the most unique annual fund raising efforts for Special Olympics by the law enforcement community.

If you are interested in making a donation on behalf of the "Team Fife PD" Special Olympics support team, please visit their pledge page. You can also keep up to date on the team's activities at their Facebook page.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Man commits suicide in car with chemical mechanism

At approximately 9:55 AM on 05-24-2013, the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center in Fife received a phone call regarding a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at the 2500 62nd Ave East. 

The RP stated that upon inspection of the vehicle, there was found to be an unresponsive male inside with a note taped to the window stating Do Not Open, Hydrogen Sulfide – Call 9-1-1.

Police responded and immediately cordoned off the area. Tacoma Fife Department and Tacoma’s hazmat team arrived and with a unified command, gained entry into the vehicle.  Fire personnel determined the subject was deceased.

The potential area of exposure was contained and minimal.  The area is blocked off by police but outside the contained area is safe.  62nd Ave East is currently closed with Police and Fire activity.

The investigation continues.

Father with criminal past uses son as hostage

On 05/23/13 at approx. 10:18 p.m., Fife Officers responded to a reported Domestic Violence Assault at a residence in the 200 block of 55th Ave E.  The initial report was that a mother was being assaulted by her adult son, and that the mother was also running down the street asking to “send help”.     Officers contacted the mother, who had responded to the residence to assist with the care of her 4 year old grandson.   The suspect, highly intoxicated and depressed over the death of a close friend, had called his mother to come and care for his child.   The mother was initially allowed to remove the child, but the suspect’s demeanor suddenly changed and he became aggressive.  The suspect forcibly removed the child from his mother’s vehicle and re-entered the residence.   The mother was concerned for her grandchild’s welfare and entered the residence.   The suspect physically assaulted the mother, grabbing her arm, striking her, and preventing her from calling 911.    The mother fled the residence, calling 911 for assistance.  Officers have responded numerous times to this location for violent crimes involving the suspect.     The suspect is flagged in a law enforcement database as being armed and dangerous, with prior hostile contacts with Law Enforcement and numerous prior arrests.    

Officers arrived and began speaking with the suspect over the telephone.    The suspect informed Officers that he would not release the child, would not come to the door, and was armed with a pistol.    The suspect was observed walking on the second floor of the residence, using the child as a shield, and at one point he actually held the child out the window.    Pierce Metro SWAT was activated and responded to the scene.  

Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours, attempting to convince him to release the child.    Eventually, the suspect agreed to release the child, but only to the child’s grandmother.    At approx. 0245 hours, the suspect moved the child to the front porch of the residence.    While on the porch, the suspect attempted to pull the child back into the residence.   Pierce Metro SWAT then engaged the suspect, and the suspect was struck by gunfire.   The child was removed to safety, and medics with the Tacoma Fire Department began to treat the suspect.    The suspect was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.   

Currently, the Pierce Metro Crime Response Unit is processing the scene and the investigation is ongoing.     The child and grandmother are safe, and have been reunited with the child’s mother. 

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 479
There were 59 case reports with 96 records.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Safe Street Of The Week

Happy Thursday! There's a new Safe Street Of The Week beginning today. This weeks safe street is Pacific Highway E. from 54th Ave. to the 2200 block. The posted speed limit is 35 mph. Emphasis is through the 29th.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Counterfeit Currency Poll

Are you able to tell the difference between real and counterfeit money? The public has a role in maintaining the integrity of U.S. currency. You can help guard against the threat from counterfeiters by becoming more familiar with United States currency. Look at the money you receive and look for differences in the quality of printing and paper characteristics. What feature do you typically check?


Friday, May 17, 2013

National Police Week Day 5 - Respect, Honor, Remember

As we wrap up our National Police Week activities, today has been dedicated as Respect, Honor and Remember day. Today we ask you to also remember the families and loved ones who are left behind.
If you'd like to learn more about the national memorial and fund, please visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website. You can also honor them by making a donation on their contribute page.

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 439
There were 64 case reports with 97 records.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Safe Street Of The Week

The Safe Street of the Week for the week of May 16th through May 22nd is North Levee Road East. The posted limit on this road changes from 25 mph to 35 mph at 54th Ave. E. There is also a hazardous materials and weight restriction of 13 tons GVWR from 66th Ave. west to the city limits. Keep Fife neighborhoods slow and safe!

Honoring Officers Day!

Day 4 of our Police Week events is "Honoring Officers Day"! Let your local law enforcement know how much you appreciate the job they do keeping the community safe by putting their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They have taken an oath to serve and protect and it often comes at a price.  Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers nationwide, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Please take time today to tell an officer Thank You.

You are brave, strong, and willing
To do what most would not dare.
I thank you for all the help
And my promise to you is, I will care.
I will obey the law,
I will respect what you do and say,
I will tell my friends to be aware of,

What you sacrifice for us each day.
By: Katelyn Lord, Wyoming Valley West 8th Grade
(1st place county winner of 2006 S.O.L.E. Cultural Arts Contest)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Today is the 51st anniversary of National Peace Officers Memorial Day and day three of our Police Week recognition activities. Our recognition today focuses on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is our nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of 19,981 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.
The Memorial sits on three acres of federal park land in an area of Washington, DC called Judiciary Square. The Memorial’s central plaza features an intricate paving pattern and a bronze medallion with the Memorial Fund logo: a blue shield with a red rose draped across it.
Bordering the Memorial’s beautifully landscaped park are the two tree-lined "pathways of remembrance" where the names of the fallen officers are engraved. Each of the pathway entrances is adorned with a powerful statuary grouping of an adult lion protecting its cubs, symbolizing the protective role of law enforcement officers and conveying the strength, courage and valor that are hallmarks of those who serve and protect. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and there is no charge to visit.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

National Police Week Day 2 - Honor Guard Day

We have dedicated today as Honor Guard Day. The Metro Pierce Honor Guard consists of 17 members from neighboring departments with 5 of those members from Fife Police Department. Fife PD is represented by Corrections Sergeant Hill, Corrections Officer Champion, Patrol Officer Wyrwitzke, School Resource Officer Schwan and Patrol Lieutenant Gardner who is the teams bag piper. The Honor Guard serves the community not just at funerals or memorials for the fallen, but also at dedications, parades, assemblies and graduations to name a few.

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's National Police Week!

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Every day this week we will be honoring those who have made that sacrifice with a different event.
Today's event is a Blood drive by Cascade Regional Bloodmobile! Come down to the PD and donate a pint of blood in the memory of fallen officers between 4:30pm - 7:00pm.
Also in recognition of the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil, tonight at 8:00pm please light a candle in honor of a fallen officer.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Safe Street Of The Week

Safe Street Of The Week for the week of May 9th through May 15th is 54th Avenue E. from Taylor Way to Pacific Hwy. The posted speed limit is 35mph. Thank you for helping us keep Fife neighborhoods safe!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Weekly Update

Calls for service for the previous week: 321
There were 45 case reports with 65 records.
Highest crime of the week: Theft

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Safe Street of the Week

The Safe Street of the Week for the week of May 2nd through May 8th is Valley Avenue E. from 54th to 70th. Remember school zones and weight restrictions on this road. Thanks for helping keep Fife neighborhoods safe!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Stolen work pants

On 4/30/2013 at approximately 1600 hrs., Fife Police were dispatched to a robbery at a sporting goods company in the 4600 block of 20th St E.  Two suspects entered the store and one of them walked out without paying for two pairs of works pants he had tucked under his arm.  When employees contacted the suspect outside, he fled on foot away from the store.  Store security personnel chased the suspect and when they caught up to him, he pulled out a knife and pointed it at them.  The suspect threw the stolen items at the security officers and tried again to get away, but they were able to detain him until police officers arrived.  The second suspect was seen entering a vehicle and driving away from the scene.

The detained suspect admitted that he came to the store to steal the work pants and claimed that the second suspect offered him $20 for each pair of stolen pants he could take.  He was booked into the Pierce County Jail for 1st degree robbery.

Fife Detectives are following up on leads to locate the second suspect.