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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.