Highlights from the weekly report (October 15) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
* Ground broken for Fallen Officer Memorial: Ground was officially broken on October 13th at the Lakewood Police Department for the Fallen Officer Memorial which is scheduled to be unveiled on November 29th, the one year anniversary of the death of our four fallen officers. The project will be completed with the generous donation of time, money, and supplies by ART Rasmussen Architecture, Porter Brothers Construction, and Quiring Monuments, as well as others.
* Police attend opening of new “Real Time Crime Center”: Lieutenant’s Alwine and Lawler traveled to New York City this week to visit the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) new $11 million Crime Center which is located adjacent to the Emergency Operations Center in Police Headquarters. The center will conduct rapid analysis of homicides and shootings citywide beginning July 18. The Real Time Center will track all crime and responses to it, providing a real-time picture of police resources and their availability throughout the city. This will be an important management and crime-fighting resource. The Lakewood Police Department was invited to participate in this invaluable opportunity by LESA and all expenses were included in the invitation.
* Assistant Police Chief speaks at Tacoma Pierce County Chaplains Luncheon: Assistant Chief Mike Zaro spoke at the Tacoma Pierce County Chaplains Luncheon on Saturday October 9th. This annual luncheon is for all Chaplains in the Tacoma-Pierce County area and is held to celebrate those people who donate so much of their time and effort to help us and to help those who we meet during their darkest hours- our chaplains. Their services are an invaluable asset to every department and it was an honor to stand and personally thank them for all they do.
* Legal Staff makes presentation to Pierce Transit Police Officers: On October 7, Assistant City Attorney Anita Booker-Hay made a presentation to Pierce Transit Police Officers. The presentation included tips about report writing, in court testimony and a criminal law update.
* 4th Stryker Brigade “Raiders” Uncasing Ceremony: The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, City Manager and Staff attended the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Uncasing Ceremony on Thursday, October 7 on Watkins Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The 4th Stryker Brigade was deployed from August 2009 to August 2010 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was the Brigade’s second deployment to Iraq. During the Redeployment Ceremony, the brigade uncased their colors, signifying the completion of its deployment and its return to JBLM.
* U.S. Army Col John Norris speaks at Coffee with the Mayor: At the October 8 Coffee with the Mayor, Col. Norris, Commander of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, gave a presentation on the 4th Brigade’s mission in Iraq. The presentation was very informative. About 30 people attended.
* CSRT attends North Lakewood Neighborhood Association Meeting: CSRT members CSO Gail Conelly and CEO Doug Price attended the North Lakewood (LD06) Neighborhood Association meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Oakbrook Elementary School Library. Sgt Thom Stewart with the LPD Special Assault Unit gave a presentation on domestic violence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There were also four political candidates available to introduce themselves as well as answer questions about their thoughts on the various initiatives on the ballot. There were approximately 27 residents in attendance, to include several exchange students from Costa Rica, Indonesia, Pakistan, and India, who were learning about how our local government works.
* Healthy Worksite Summit: Cheryl Thompson, Dawn Avcular, Rebecca Hendricks and Tammi Dove attended the 24th Annual Healthy Worksite Summit in Bellevue on October 12-13. Dawn Avcular was awarded the AWC Certificate of Wellness Leadership. CWL candidates must complete 30 CWL credits, pass a culminating exam, and report about their use of wellness promotion skills in the workplace.
* Annual Washington Association of Public Records Officers Conference: At the annual Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) conference hosted by Lakewood, Associate City Attorney Matt Kaser was a speaker on the Law Enforcement Records panel, and Ann-Marie Evans, paralegal was in attendance.