Dear Shoreline Residents,
It’s my pleasure to present the 2016 Shoreline Police Department’s service delivery report. The report tracks crime data, service efforts and accomplishments, crime trends, and budget information. There are 52 full-time employees assigned to the Shoreline Police Department. Partnering with the community to continually build trust and confidence in the department is of paramount importance to each of us.
Shoreline continues to be a safe community. Over the past two years, Part-1 crime (violent crime) has remained at its lowest level in over a decade. Our department continues to focus on crime prevention and property crime investigations. In 2016, Community Outreach and Problem Solving Officer Paula Bates held 47 community meetings focused on crime prevention. Last year, burglaries (-19%) and thefts (-12%) were both below the five-year average, while car prowls saw a slight increase (+2%). As a reminder, it is imperative to lock your doors and windows, remove valuables from your vehicle, and if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood to call 911 immediately.
Last fall, officers with the Shoreline Police and City Manager Debbie Tarry met with the Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools’ Black Student Unions. With some of the events that have occurred on a national level, it is essential for police to build a relationship with all community members to better understand their issues and concerns. We want people in our community to know the Shoreline Police Department follows LEED principles: Listen with Equity, Explain with Dignity. We pride ourselves in striving to be fair and objective in all of our interactions with our community.
During 2016, the Shoreline Police Department responded to 15,896 calls for service, initiated 12,927 contacts, and made 1,342 arrests. Last year, I awarded Lifesaver Awards to two officers whose actions helped save lives. In May, officers responded to a burglary in progress where the homeowner shot the suspect in the femoral artery. Officer Josh Holmes immediately provided first aid and a tourniquet to the suspect helping save his life. In December, Officer Matt Trizuto responded to a heart-attack victim. He administered first aid and an automated external defibrillator (AED) that helped save her life.
It’s an honor to serve as your police chief. The Shoreline Police Department is committed to keeping you and your family safe.
Shawn V. Ledford
Police Chief, City of Shoreline