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TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY

UPHOLD RIGHTS

PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

2018 COMMUNITY REPORT

AND WORK IN PARTNERSHIP

TO BUILD STRONG, SAFE COMMUNITIES.


MESSAGE FROM YOUR

Sheriff

Welcome to the 2018 Report for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. 2018 was a year that was both very difficult and very productive. It was difficult in that we lost one of our own. Deputy Dan McCartney was shot and killed in the line of duty on January 8th. We honor his memory and keep his family close to our hearts. It was a productive year as well. It was a year in which we successfully pursued our mission to protect life and property, uphold rights, and work in partnership to build strong and safe communities.

Our MISSION To protect life and property, uphold rights, and work in partnership to build strong, safe communities.

OUR VALUES Integrity Respect Responsibility Courage Compassion

This report will provide an in-depth look at our department and accomplishments in 2018 including: A reduction in residential burglaries and thefts through the strong efforts of our Proactive Property Crime Team formed in 2018. Continuing to provide safe, secure, Constitutional jail services in the second biggest local jail in the state. Transition programs for alcohol and drug addicted people from jail into treatment. Solid, successful investigations of 1,141 major felony crimes including homicides, aggravated assaults and robberies. Initiation of a co-responder program in which we work with mental health professionals to deal with calls involving mentally ill and addicted persons. Initiation of a county-wide co-ordinated program to respond to threats on school and college campuses. A recent staffing study recommends the addition of 21 patrol deputies and 2 proactive deputies for each detachment with a focus on community outreach and engagement. Additionally a comprehensive strategic plan has been in place to address issues of staffing, re-organization and meeting multiple legislative and court required mandates. It is my privilege to work beside the men and women of this Department. They care about their mission. They care about the people they serve. They offer their protection but also an extra layer of dignity and respect as they go about their jobs. I respect and appreciate their skills as well as the dedication and heart they show every day. PAUL A. PASTOR SHERIFF OF Pierce County

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2018 Year in review

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PIERCE COUNTY

PO PU LATI O N

876,764 *2017 ESTIMATE FROM US CENSUS

CALLS FOR SERVICE 96,885

5%

UNINCORPORATED PIERCE COUNTY

9,727

FOOTHILLS

5.4% 9,688

69,312

4.9%

CENTRAL PATROL

3.8%

MOUNTAIN

8,158

5%

SHERIFF’S MESSAGE YEAR IN REVIEW CORRECTIONS BUREAU OPERATIONS BUREAU CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS PATROL SPECIAL UNITS CONTRACT CITIES/AGENCIES SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BUREAU REGIONAL RESPONSE COMMENDATIONS RETIREMENTS IN MEMORIAM

PG. 2 PG. 3 PG. 4 PG. 6 PG. 7 PG. 10 PG. 12 PG. 16 PG. 18 PG. 23 PG. 27 PG. 28 PG. 29 PG. 30

PENINSULA

207

PATROL DEPUTIES

263

11.1 MINUTES

CORRECTIONS DEPUTIES

AVERAGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIME UNINCORPORATED PC

729

TOTAL SHERIFF FTE’S

PROPERTY CRIME

FLEET SERVICES 14%

2,066

18.1 MILES PER GALLON

CORRECTIONS

BURGLARIES

18,501

BOOKINGS

1,092

AVG DAILY POPULATION

3,000

PIECES OF SCANNED MAIL EACH MONTH

COMMAND STAFF BRENT BOMKAMP UNDERSHERIFF NICK HAUSNER CHIEF OF SERVICES JIM HEISHMAN CHIEF OF PATROL JERRY LAWRENCE CHIEF OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS PATTI JACKSON CHIEF OF CORRECTIONS

1,763

FIREARMS COLLECTED

27,444 CRIMINAL CASES RECEIVED

47,018 TOTAL REPORTS WRITTEN

33K

ENROLLED IN ALARM PROGRAM

MIKE BLAIR CHIEF OF CONTRACT SERVICES

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CORRECTIONS BUREAU CORRECTIONS BUREAU

CORRECTIONS OVERVIEW

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Corrections Bureau is committed to excellence. Our bureau is tasked with managing the custody, control and care of persons confined in our jail in a safe, secure and constitutional manner. The Corrections Bureau employs approximately 300 limited commissioned deputies dedicated to operating our facilities in an efficient and cost-effective manner without jeopardizing the jail’s mission. We promote a jail environment that is consistent with human dignity, free from personal prejudices and discrimination. We provide a level of supervision, custody and control consistent with the need to protect our staff, the inmates in our charge and the community we serve. Pg. 4


2018 CORRECTIONS STATS

18,501

322

1,092

Medical Calls

Bookings

Full Time Employees

Average Daily Population

19,697

Emergency Sick

1,185

Emergency Dental

82%

20,695

Convicted Felons

Mental Health Evaluations

26.85 Days

1,328,688

Average Length of Stay

Our Bureau has three divisions comprised of Administration; Operations; and Programs. Our jail system operates 24 hours a day/365 days a year providing services such as: Food Distribution, Medical, Mental Health, Dental, Pharmacy, as well as limited Chaplaincy services and programs. We are budgeted for staffing to house 1,296 inmates in two facilities with a housing capacity of up to 1,800 inmates. We contract bed space to

Meals Served

AVERAGE DAILY POPULATION 1,000 750 500 250

0

1,147

1,164

1,159

1,092

2015

2016

2017

2018

POPULATION SNAPSHOT NEW JAIL

MAIN JAIL

multiple police agencies throughout Pierce County.

1,062

603

MALE

POPULATION

85%

FEMALE 15%

459

MALE

87%

FEMALE 13%


OPERATIONS BUREAU OPERATIONS BUREAU

OPERATIONS OVERVIEW The Operations Bureau contains the majority of Pierce County Sheriff personnel and provides public safety and police service to unincorporated Pierce County and our contract partners. These partnerships include; University Place, Edgewood, Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce Transit and Eatonville (chief only). The Operations Bureau contains our Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division (Central patrol and the Mountain, Foothills and Peninsula Detachments), Traffic Enforcement Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, School Pg. 6

Resource Deputies, Community Liaison Deputy Unit, Crime Suppression Team, Proactive Property Crime Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Co-responder Unit, Animal Control Unit and Forensic Unit. The Operations Bureau also contains our specialized units of Marine Services, Dive Rescue, Hazardous Device Squad, Search and Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Special Weapons and Tactics, Air Operations, Hazardous Response Team and our Bicycle Patrol Unit. There are approximately 300 commissioned law enforcement deputies serving in the various assignments


CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION The Criminal Investigations Division includes Major Investigations, Special Investigations Unit, Forensics and

MAJOR INVESTIGATIONS

Property Room.

Homicides

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT (SIU)

20 15 10 5 0 2013 2014

2015

2016 2017

Investigations

SIU is responsible for drug enforcement, vice enforcement, property seizure, metal theft, identity theft and providing technical support for covert investigations to related crimes.

2018

Victims

Officer Involved Shootings / In-Custody Deaths

8 6

Average 1 Search Warrant per week Drug Investigations: The SIU has overall responsibility to investigate all drug related activities in Pierce County. These investigation’s generally start when tips are received either via phone, internet, or referral from other agencies.

Seized over 1,340 lbs of drugs in 2018

4 2 0

2018 Drug Seizures Meth/Ice - 99lbs. Cocaine - 9.4 lbs. Heroin - 36.2 lbs. Marijuana - 1198 lbs. Marijuana Plants - 4,350 Assorted Pills - 10,396 pills

2013

2014

2015 2016 2017

2018

Officer Involved Shootings Fatal Officer Involved Shootings Non-Fatal Officer Involved Shootings In-Custody Deaths

Although marijuana has been legalized in Washington, we still see many unlicensed grow operations whose product is transported to areas of the country where marijuana is still illegal. Methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills continue to be at the forefront of our investigations. Each of our investigators are issued Narcan to protect them from any inadvertent exposure.

Vice Investigations The SIU provides emphasis in areas of known prostitution to include street prostitution, outcalls services, internet prostitution and prostitution associated with certain business establishments in Pierce County and enforcement of adult entertainment ordinances. No officers are specifically assigned to work this area and the unit does not receive dedicated funding for vice enforcement. Pg. 7


OPERATIONS BUREAU OPERATIONS BUREAU FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS The Forensic Investigations Section performs the total crime scene investigation which includes taking videos, photography, sketching, latent processing, evidence collection, bloodstain pattern analysis and shooting scene reconstruction. The section consists of one manager, five forensic investigators, one forensic technician and one office assistant. The section is 100% digital from the cameras used at crime scenes to the fingerprint database known as the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The Forensic Investigations Section contracts with several cities in the county and provides services to many Federal Agencies.

2018 FORENSIC STATS

1444 Cases

425 Latent Prints

195 Suspects Identified

PROACTIVE PROPERTY CRIMES UNIT

PROPERTY ROOM

The Pierce County Proactive Property Crimes Unit was created in 2016. The unit specializes in the investigation of burglary, auto theft, fraud, and felony property theft cases. The unit is responsible for the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen or damaged property each year.

The Pierce County Property room covers approximately 32,000 square feet, taking up nearly half of the basement in the County-City Building in Tacoma, in addition to a large off-site warehouse.

220,594

Items in inventory

21,743

Items Destroyed Pg. 8

1,673

Firearms received

8%

were drug related

1,803

Firearms released

4,007 items

released to owner

2018 RECOVERED PROPERTY VALUE

$42,456

$20,490

$13,519

$11,800 $5,200 Vehicles

Electronics

Jewelry

Household Goods

Weapons


K9 TEAMS DIVISION Pierce County utilizes 5 Patrol Dog Teams which are trained in suspect tracking, building searches, and evidence location. Four of the dogs are German Shepards and one is a German Shepherd & Belgian Malinois mix. Each dog lives with the handler and his family full time.

K9 Zepp

The dog teams are attached to the Patrol Division and collectively cover all shifts that patrol works. In addition, the Pierce County K9 Teams are part of the Pierce County Metro K9 Team which is available to respond anywhere in the County to assist other departments, small towns, and Tactical units. The Pierce County K9 Teams were responsible for approximately 100 suspect finds in 2018. The teams were also responsible for discovering numerous articles of evidence to include homicide weapons, clothing, and burglary tools. The K9 team also includes an explosive detection canine assisgned to Pierce Transit police who assists in the location of explosive devices and evidence near transfer stations and crime scenes.

K9 Bruz

2 members of the Pierce County K9 Team are also certified Trainers with the Washington State Police K9 Association and are responsible for the training, certification, and testing of all active Police K9 Teams in Washington.

K9 Ammo

K9 Hanz

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OPERATIONS BUREAU OPERATIONS BUREAU Patrol Division

REPORTED CRIME STATISTICS CENTRAL PATROL

FOOTHILLS 4,962

19,404

2,318

1,291

reports

reports

743

385

512

430

182

256

212

2,756 reports

59 1,692

12,408

PENINSULA

MOUNTAIN

103

2,108 reports

63 1,403

1,885

OTHER

PROPERTY

OTHER

PROPERTY

OTHER

PROPERTY

OTHER

PROPERTY

BURGLARY

VIOLENT

BURGLARY

VIOLENT

BURGLARY

VIOLENT

BURGLARY

VIOLENT

CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION The Central Patrol Division serves the unincorporated citizens of Pierce County in the geographical area from the King/ Pierce County border, south to 224th Street, and from I-5 to the Orting Valley. Central Patrol also covers a small area near Mounts Road, an unincorporated area between Steilacoom and Lakewood, and Anderson Island.

The Division has two precincts, one on South Hill and the other in Parkland. The deputies in Central Patrol respond to all law enforcement incidents within their unincorporated area of responsibility and assist many Municipal agencies (Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Orting, Edgewood) and the Washington State Patrol on major incidents.

CENTRAL PATROL DIVISION 2018 Statistics Total Reported Violent Crime 743 down 3% Total Reported Property Crime 6,253 down 5% Total Calls for Service 69,312 up 4.9% Pg. 10

General Demographics: Includes Mid-County, Parkland, and Spanaway • • •

Population: 231,397 Area: 95 Sq. Miles Street Length: 1,104 Miles


DETACHMENTS The Resident Detachments provides uniform patrol services to the rural corners of the county. The Foothills, Mountain and Peninsula Detachments combined, served a population of roughly 143,000 citizens. This was accomplished across 1,430 square miles, excluding Mt. Rainier, while traveling over 2,300 roadway miles. The Detachments often faced suburban social pressures in a diverse, rural setting. The Detachments continued to provide exemplary services,

while facing staffing shortages below our budget positions, the opioid epidemic and increased homelessness. Resident Deputies often live in their Detachments and frequently build relationships, both professional and personal with their communities. In January 2018, we said goodbye to Deputy McCartney who was killed in the line of duty. Deputy McCartney exemplified the very essence of a true Resident Deputy: Brave, Invested and Compassionate.

FOOTHILLS DETACHMENT 2018 Statistics Total Reported Violent Crime 59 down 9% Total Reported Property Crime 567 down 21% Total Calls for Service 9,727 up 5.4%

Budgeted Staffing: • 2 Sergeants • 1 Investigations Deputy • 19 Patrol Deputies General Demographics: Includes Greenwater & Crystal Mt. • Population: 45,766 • Area: 496 Sq. Miles • Street Length: 663 Miles

MOUNTAIN DETACHMENT 2018 Statistics Total Reported Violent Crime 103 up 17% Total Reported Property Crime 639 down 7% Total Calls for Service 9,688 up 3.8%

Budgeted Staffing: • 2 Sergeants • 1 Investigations Deputy • 19 Patrol Deputies General Demographics: • Population: 42,886 • Area: 712 Sq. Miles • Street Length: 957 Miles

PENINSULA DETACHMENT 2018 Statistics Total Reported Violent Crime 63 down 5% Total Reported Property Crime 642 down 26% Total Calls for Service 8,158 up 5.0%

Budgeted Staffing: • 2 Sergeants • 1 Investigations Deputy • 1 School Resource Deputy • 19 Patrol Deputies General Demographics: • Population: 54,844 • Area: 221 Sq. Miles • Street Length: 693 Miles Pg. 11


OPERATIONS BUREAU OPERATIONS BUREAU Community Liaison Unit The Community Liaison Unit is made up of 5 patrol deputies and 1 sergeant. The goal of the CLD unit has been to develop relationships with the community to share information, address issues, reduce crime and enhance the quality of life. The CLD unit works to engage our community partners to affect positive change through a shared and focused vision. Throughout 2018, the CLD unit accomplished these goals by attending over 70 community meetings, re-establishing the retail theft program, contacting apartment complexes to receive an automated call for service log, and working in cooperation with various county and community stakeholders to resolve over 35 chronic problem residences / locations within unincorporated Pierce County. The CLD unit also connected with the community by visiting the Pierce County Fair, several assisted living facilities, several pre-schools, and other community events.

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Attended over

100 Community Events


ANIMAL CONTROL

ALARM PROGRAM

Animal Control is responsible for the health and welfare

The Alarm Program administers Pierce County Code

of animals in Pierce County. Animal Control investigates

Chapter 8.64 – Alarm Systems for unincorporated

complaints of neglect and cruelty on all types of animals

Pierce County and City of Edgewood. This includes

from hamsters to horses and currently there are 30

registering owners of burglary alarm systems,

active cruelty cases with the Prosecutors Office of Animal

registering alarm companies doing business in Pierce

Cruelty. Animal Control is also responsible for the safety

County, educating alarm users and alarm companies

of citizens in Pierce County regarding Dangerous and

on prevention of false alarms, billing for false alarm

Potentially Dangerous dogs. Animal Control investigates

responses, and maintaining statistics to determine

reports of aggressive animals and animal bites.

the effectiveness of the program.

In 2018, Animal Control declared 53 animals were

At the end of 2018 there were 33,045 alarm

declared Dangerous or Potentially Dangerous for

user accounts in the Alarm Program computer

attacking or attempting to attack people or animals.

database.

Pierce County Animal Control is the only Animal Control

The current alarm ordinance became effective in

Unit in the County that works 7 days a week, 365 days a

2008 and during the last 11 years from 2008 to 2018,

year and is available 24 hours a day.

there has been an 80% reduction in the number of billable false burglary alarm responses as compared to 2007 (the year prior to the current ordinance). The success of this reduction has resulted in a huge savings of law enforcement manpower and resources that can be used more effectively for emergencies and higher priorities.

CO-RESPONDERS In 2018, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department contracted with MultiCare for four Designated Crisis Responders to work with the Sheriff’s Department. The Co-Responder program was designed to create a partnership between mental health professionals and law enforcement. There are several goals for the co-responder program; including avoiding jail for mentally ill subjects that commit minor crimes, reducing the amount of mentally ill subjects taken to the emergency rooms, reduce the impact of frequent non-emergency calls from mentally ill patients, and partner with law enforcement for better outcomes and resources for subjects with mental illness. Pg. 13


OPERATIONS BUREAU OPERATIONS BUREAU

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS Deputies investigate crimes and enforce laws on school district property, assist school personnel with threat assessments, and provide training to school district personnel as well as students. Deputies are expected be a role model and sometimes mentor for students in order to foster their trust in law enforcement. The SRO program has been so successful that the Franklin Pierce, Puyallup, and Bethel School Districts each added one additional SRO for the 2018-2019 school year. Franklin Pierce SD

3 Deputies

Puyallup SD

3 Deputies

Bethel SD

5 Deputies

The Puyallup Police Department also has three Police Officers assigned to the Puyallup School District, which provides that district with a total of six (6) SROs. Peninsula and University Place Districts also each have a dedicated SRO, but they are supervised from within each detachment.

Traffic Enforcement & Commercial Vehicle Units In 2018, the Traffic Enforcement Unit implemented a new system that allows the unit to create a digital model of collisions within millimeters of accuracy. The Commercial Vehicle Unit made 100 full inspections and of those inspections roughly 40% of those vehicles are put “Out of Service.”

Deputies who’ve received their state phlebotomy certification can bring suspects to the station for blood draws, bypass hospital and return to patrol duty faster. Our department has the largest phlebotomy program in the state of Washington. Pg. 14


CRIME SUPPRESSION UNIT The Crime Suppression Unit is a quick response unit to in progress chronic nuisance and crime trends.

862

20

Felony Arrests

Misdemeanor Arrests

203

83

Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Firearms Seized/Recovered

86

$9,536

Narcotics Related Arrests

Seized for Civil Forfeiture

CRIME ANALYSIS The Crime Analysis Unit provides agency level support to al units in the Sheriff’s Department. The unit recognizes crime trends and provides realtime information and historical data.

RESERVE PROGRAM The Reserve Program is the longest operating volunteer program in the Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Reserve Program consists of ten reserve deputies. The Reserves’ responsibilities include assignment to detachment offices and the patrol division. Pierce County reserve deputies are trained and commissioned law enforcement officers. The commission a reserve deputy holds allows him/her to enforce all laws during the time that officer is on duty. Pg. 15


OPERATIONS BUREAU

CO NTRACT CITI ES & AG EN CI ES

Town of Eatonville

City of Edgewood

The Town of Eatonville has just under 3,000 residents.

When the City of Edgewood incorporated in 1996

Eatonville Police Department is staffed with a Contract Chief from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and

they began contracting their police services with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and

four Officers that are employees of the town.

that great relationship continues today. With a

There are additional contracts with Pierce County for

the Edgewood Police Department emphasizes

criminal investigations, specialized services, the Pierce County Jail, and after-hours responses to emergency calls (when an Eatonville Officer is not on duty).

service-oriented approach towards public safety, Community Outreach and a Problem-Oriented Policing model to better serve its citizens. What was once just a small, quiet, rural bedroomcommunity, the City of Edgewood is rapidly growing and developing. With nearly 11,000 people now calling Edgewood their home, the EPD has grown and is continuing to grow. In 2018, the office was staffed with a Contract Chief, an Investigator, eight patrol officers and an Office Assistant. At least three more positions are already budgeted for in 2019.

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Pierce Transit Pierce Transit covers 229 Square miles, has 7 transit centers and covers roughly 70% percent of the population. Pierce Transit has approximately 8.5 million boardings each year. They provide not only local service but connections to regional services such as Sound Transit, Community Transit and Intercity Transit. Pierce Transit has the only dedicated explosive K9 detection team in the South Sound. This is part of a proactive approach which is key to successfully completing the mission. The Pierce Transit Police is comprised of a Chief, two Sergeants, an Investigator, an explosive K9 Detection team and 14 Patrol Deputies.

Pacific Lutheran University

City of University Place

Pacific Lutheran University is located in the

The City of University Place has a diverse population of

unincorporated neighborhood of Parkland, located

over 33,000 residents. The police department follows a

just south of the city of Tacoma. The university is

problem oriented policing model which was started at

home to 3,200 students (1,100 live on campus) and

the beginning of the contract in 1996. The ideology is to

over 600 employees. The university sits on 128 acres

seek out the root cause of crime trends and to deploy

and is viewed as a significant community resource,

police resources to the problem in a proactive rather

with open recreational areas and the host site for all

than reactive method.

types of sporting and cultural events. The police department employs a Police Chief, a The contract between PCSD and PLU created a

Patrol Sergeant, a Police Investigator, twelve Patrol

Contract Chief position who serves as the Director

Deputies and one School Resource Officer. Two civilian

of Campus Safety at the university. The Director

employees serve in support roles as a Public Safety

oversees a department of 16 full-time staff members,

Administrator and an Office Manager. This model

40 part-time student employees, and a cadre of off-

allows for twenty four hour police coverage focused on

duty deputies who work special patrols around the

customer service and public responsiveness.

campus for the university throughout the year.

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OPERATIONS BUREAU SPECIA L ASSI G N M ENTS

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SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS (SWAT) The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is staffed by members from various primary assignments within the department. The primary goal of the SWAT Team is to safely resolve violent incidents which surpass the capability of Patrol. The SWAT team is comprised of both tactical and crisis negotiation members. The team is staffed with 1 Team Commander, 17 Tactical Members and 4 Crisis Negotiators. The 13 Entry Team members include 2 Team Leaders and other members are trained in specific additional duties: Assistant Team Leader, Explosive Breacher, Chemical Agents, Special Impact Munitions, Ballistic Shield Operator, Mechanical Breacher, Technology and Armored Vehicle Drivers. The 4 person Sniper element consists of a Sniper Team Leader and 3 primary Snipers. The Crisis Negotiations element of the SWAT team consists of a Negotiator Team Leader and 3 Negotiators. A dedicated K-9 unit, ER Doctor, and EMT supplement the team. In 2018, SWAT conducted 60 missions. Mission types included hostage rescues, barricaded armed suspects, woodland searches for homicide suspects, dignitary protection, and high risk search warrants related to drug cartels.

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OPERATIONS BUREAU SPECIA L ASSI G N M ENTS

DIVE TEAM The Pierce County Metro Dive Team is comprised of nine Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies, two Tacoma Police Officers and two Lakewood Police Officers. Each team member is trained as a Public Safety Diver and a SwiftWater Rescue Technician. All carry their required gear and equipment in their assigned vehicle in order to respond to all water-related rescues, recoveries, investigations and maritime security requests throughout the county. Additionally, dive team members regularly provide watersafety educational briefings and their experience and knowledge base is often called upon for consults from other agencies throughout the Puget Sound region. In 2018 the team responded to 41 calls for service, down from 68 the previous year.

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SWIFTWATER The Pierce County Sheriff’s Swiftwater Team is composed of members from Search & Rescue, the Dive Team and the Marine Service Unit. Members are also from other agencies: Tacoma and Lakewood Police. Pierce County has several dangerous waterways. Any response to a Swiftwater Event is personnel intensive. We work in partnership with the local Fire Departments, State Wildlife, National Park Service and the Tribes to enhance the response for a positive outcome. In addition to Swiftwater Rescue, the team is utilized for evidence recovery.


SEARCH AND RESCUE

HAZARDOUS DEVICES The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Devices (Bomb) Squad provides service to not only the residents of Pierce County, but other local, state, and federal agencies as well. Some of the major services provided by the unit include: • • • • • • •

Investigations of suspicious packages Render safe operations performed on explosive devices Disposal of found explosive materials and chemicals Collection of evidence at bombing scenes Investigation of bomb threats to schools/businesses Performing bomb sweeps and security for dignitaries Providing bomb threat awareness and safety programs

The Hazardous Devices Squad respond to an average of 80 calls each year. Our primary mission will always be to protect human life and minimize property damage in our community.

The Search and Rescue Unit consists of 14 deputy coordinators for volunteer to the unit as an extra-duty assignment. SAR Coordinators are trained in Incident Command, Search Management Principles, Lost Person Behavior, High Angle Rescue, Snowmobile Operations, All Terrain Vehicle Operations, Swiftwater Rescue, Avalanche Rescue and Wilderness Navigation Working in concert with over 200 well trained civilian volunteers who provide a wide array of support. In many aspects, the Department would not have a Search and Rescue program were it not for contribution of time and dedication from these volunteers. The Search and Rescue Unit works in partnership with the Tacoma Police Department to conduct searches and rescues for individuals that are lost in remote and urban areas in the County. There are 7 SAR Coordinators who also serve with the Washington State Urban Search and Rescue Team (FEMAWATF-1). These members have deployed to the Oklahoma City bombing, World Trade Center terrorist attacks, Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, Hurricane Katrina and the Oso landslide to name a few.

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OPERATIONS BUREAU SPECIA L ASSI G N M ENTS MARINE SERVICES UNIT The 20 members of the Marine Services Unit work to educate the public concerning recreational vessel safety. During the boating season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, deputies assigned to this additional duty assignment dedicate themselves to work hundreds of hours on the lakes and salt water areas of Pierce County to enforce county ordinances and state law regarding boating safety and proper vessel operation. In 2018, 500 vessel inspections were conducted at county boat ramps and during underway patrols. Vessel accident investigation, marine search and rescue missions, dive operation assists and participation in community events are additional activities for MSU members throughout the year. Seven members of the unit also work on the Swiftwater Rescue Unit. By coordinating these efforts with the Washington State Parks Boating Program, the United States Coast Guard/ Sector Seattle and other regional law enforcement marine programs, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department MSU has shown itself to be an effective tool to improve recreational boating safety.

In 2017, the Marine Services Unit was recognized by State Parks as the Marine Law Enforcement Program of the Year.

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AIR OPERATIONS UNIT As a unit we strive to meet the needs of Pierce County and we support our County Fire Services with aerial observation and assessment. With the thermal camera systems on our aircraft, we can see through the smoke and give the wild land firefighters real-time assessments of the fire’s actual line of advance or hot spots which may be developing. Through a process called down-linking the information can be shared, via a live video feed to Fire Command and the Emergency Operations Center allowing for critical real-time decision making. With the county’s vast wilderness and waterfront areas, our aircraft play a critical role in Search and Rescue operations. Using the systems on our aircraft, after dark we can rapidly search and access remote areas. We can also search larger areas in less time than traditional ground and rotary aircraft units. Once a location has been identified, we can remain airborne to coordinate the completion of the rescue.   We continually provide direct support to our county’s law enforcement agencies and the Port of Tacoma. We fly routine patrol missions supporting our patrol force by providing early warning, situational awareness, command, control and coordination. We also assist our Criminal Investigations Division with updated area and crime scene photography.    In addition to our role within Pierce County, we are also a principal partner with Northwest Regional Aviation. The collaborative efforts from this organization ensure a coordinated airborne response to most of the region’s major disasters and events.

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BU A D M I N ISTRATIV E SERV I CES B U R EAU ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OVERVIEW The Administrative Services Bureau encompasses the following units and functions of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department; Courthouse Security, Alternative to Confinement (ATC) Program, Civil Function, Public Disclosure, Hiring & Background, Training Division

COURTHOUSE SECURITY The Courthouse Security Unit provides security at both the Courts within the County City Building (Superior, District & Municipal Courts) and Remann Hall (Superior Juvenile Court). The unit works in partnership with

ALTERNATIVE TO CONFINEMENT The Alternative to Confinement (ATC) Program provides case management and monitoring services for offenders in lieu of jail time where the court has authorized the individual’s release.

private security at both locations to ensure the safety of the citizens and the employees who frequent the campuses.

Over 738,000 people visited the County-City Building in 2018

98 individuals enrolled in 2018

ATC provides drug and alcohol assessments, referral to treatment and other support services as needed,

In addition to providing security, the Courthouse Security Unit responds and investigates threats, suspicious incidents, arresting subjects wanted for outstanding warrants or for narcotics activity and other criminal activity that occurs on the campuses. Pg. 24

as well as day reporting. This alternative program provides a treatment opportunity for the offender as well as significant cost savings to the County in confinement costs.


UREAU HIRING AND BACKGROUND UNIT The Hiring and Background Unit processes candidates that successfully complete the testing process for employment with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. This includes positions for Law Enforcement Deputy, Corrections Deputy, Forensics Investigators & Technicians, Evidence Officers, as well as civilian staff. The Background Unit also conducts background checks for other County Departments as appropriate.

Hiring Workshops Attendees

446 passed the written test in 2018

387 286

25 Patrol Deputies Hired in 2018

208 62

24 Corrections Deputies Hired in 2018

2015

CIVIL PROCESS UNIT The Sheriff’s Civil Unit is responsible for serving court paperwork involving legal processes that occur in Pierce County. These include, but are not limited to, protection orders, evictions, subpoenas, anti-harassment orders, small claims court, and family law. In addition, department civil

2016 2017

2018

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE UNIT The Public Disclosure Unit is responsible for fulfilling all public records requests that come to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. This includes Crime Reports, Jail Records and other public documents.

staff assist in asset forfeiture cases generated by the Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Unit.

902 Sheriff

438 Jail

58 Other

Records Requests through South Sound 911 35 Eatonville 385 University Place 157 Edgewood

6,364 PCSD

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES A D M I N ISTRATIV E SERV I CES B U R EAU TRAINING UNIT The Training Unit is responsible for the training of newly hired deputies for initial orientation, coordinating attendance at the Washington State Academy, the Field Training process and eventually the transition of recruits to their primary duty assignments. The Training Unit is also responsible for continuing education of over 650 commissioned deputies of the Sheriff’s Department. This training includes routine training in firearms proficiency and tactics, defensive tactics & less lethal tools, crisis Intervention & de-escalation, emergency vehicle operation & defensive driving and first aid, CPR & AED training. In addition, the Training Unit provides coordination for outside specialized training with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and other specialized training providers for specific duty related training to include Washington State Career Level Certification for First Level Supervisors (Sergeants) and Middle Managers (Lieutenants & Captains).

BUSINESS UNIT The combined 2018 budget for all three Bureaus of the Sheriff’s Department was $130,062,270.

The Business Unit of the Sheriff’s Department is responsible the development and management of the annual budget of the Law Enforcement and Corrections Bureaus. They are responsible for processing and reviewing all payroll activity, processing all accounts payable, and all accounts receivables including the fiscal management of grants and contracts. They train and assist staff on fiscal and payroll policies and systems. They manage department audits. They are also responsible for the reconciliation of the Inmate and Bail Trust accounts.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UNIT The Information Technology Unit serves the mission of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department with three department Information Technology Specialists responsible for supporting the use of computer and mobile technology throughout the Department. The unit supports over 420 customer-users at more than 10 locations with over 650 PCs, laptops, scanners, printers and smart devices. Pg. 26


REGIONA L RESPONSE R EG I O N A L R ESPO N SE

REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING IN SCHOOLS A regional need to provide public safety training to schools was identified. Envisioned was a single training plan for all the school districts in Pierce County; provided free of cost and taught by emergency responders from the region who will respond to the incident if it happens. A committee of subject matter experts, chaired by a Chief from the Sheriff’s Department, was convened to build the program. Phase one, a regional school safety summit, was held in August 2018. Attendees included school administrators from all fifteen Pierce County public school districts and other private schools.

A REGIONAL RESPONSE The Sheriff’s Department provides direct support with partnering agencies during critical incidents.

Plane Crash on Ketron Island On August 10, 2018 a turboprop passenger plane stolen from SeattleTacoma International Airport crashed on Ketron Island, off the shore from Steilacoom in Pierce County.

Amtrak Train Derailment The department partnered with numerous local and federal agencies during the Amtrak Train Derailment on December 18, 2017. The department assisted in the incident command system in response to the derailment incident and recovery process. Pg. 27


COMMENDATIONS CO M M EN DATI O N S PROMOTIONS Alexa Moss

Darren Moss Jr.

Mark Gosling

Pat Burke

Brian Lund

Greg Premo

Mark Merod

Patrick Dos Remedios

Bryan Aaron

Jason Finley

Micah Lundborg

Tom Catey

Cedric Wade

Jesse Hotz

Monti Minion

Tommie Nicodemus

DETECTIVE

LIEUTENANT

CORRECTIONS SERGEANT

CORRECTIONS SERGEANT

SERGEANT

LIEUTENANT

CORRECTIONS SERGEANT

DETECTIVE

DETECTIVE

DETECTIVE SERGEANT

LIEUTENANT

DETECTIVE

SERGEANT

DETECTIVE

DETECTIVE SERGEANT

SERGEANT

COMMENDATIONS Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year

Deputy Frederick Wiggins

Professional Employee of the Year

Assistant to the Chief of Corrections Leslie Medved

Corrections Deputy of the Year

Reserve Deputy of the Year

Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year

Cadet of the Year

Corrections Sergeant Doug Johnson Deputy Inga Hess

Corrections Field Training Officer of the Year

Corrections Deputy Janis Vicente

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Reserve Deputy Quentin Brown Cadet Sergeant Erin Antanavage


RETIREMENTS R ETI R EM ENTS

Tom Seymour 34 years

Mike Heishman 34 years

Doug Pressel

34 years

Tony Gibbon 31 years

Roland Bautista 30 years

Brian Coburn 30 years

Phillip Jackson 30 years

Pat McCormick

Skip Miller

30 years

Kier Stavig 30 years

Bill Cassio 28 years

Ray Shaviri 26 years

Pete Aloisio

Bruce Johnston 20 years

LAW ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT

CORRECTIONS DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT

21 years

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

CORRECTIONS SERGEANT

RESERVE LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

30 years

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT DETECTIVE

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

Mike Rawlins 19 years

Faye Kanton LEGAL ASSISTANT

18 years

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

Rick Kennedy

Linda Bohl

17 years

18 years

PROPERTY ROOM OFFICER

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Robert Meeder 17 years

Enrique Otanez 17 years

Jonathan Madden

Walt Robinson 16 years

CORRECTIONS DEPUTY

CORRECTIONS DEPUTY

16 years

CORRECTIONS DEPUTY

LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

Jeff Morse 11 years RESERVE LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY

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REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN DEPUTIES

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Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCartney

January 8, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Shandon Wright

March 3, 2011

Deputy Sheriff Kent Mundell

December 29, 2009

Deputy Sheriff John Bananola

October 16, 1995

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Moran

October 6, 1978

Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Bunce

November 23, 1941

Deputy Sheriff Arthur Varco

November 23, 1941


Deputy Sheriff Daniel McCartney Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McCartney was shot on the night of January 7, 2018, while responding to a home invasion robbery in progress in the Frederickson area. Deputy McCartney was the first deputy on scene when he heard screaming and children crying inside the residence. Deputy McCartney ran after two armed suspects as they fled the home and entered a nearby vacant lot. Deputy McCartney and the suspects exchanged gunfire; Deputy McCartney was struck once. One of the suspects died at the scene and the other fled on foot; he was later located the following morning after a massive search of the areas surrounding the crime scene. Deputy McCartney was transported to a nearby hospital where he passed away on the early morning of January 8, 2018. Deputy Daniel McCartney was 34 years old, and is survived by his wife and three young sons. Deputy McCartney was a three-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, after serving for six years with the Hoquiam Police Department and for the United States Navy.

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