Tacoma Business Council announcement.
Homicides are up 100% year to date over last year at this time. Citywide last year we suffered 11, this year that number is 22. In Sector 4 alone, we have had 12 homicides. That is a 200% increase over last year. The data on kidnappings / abductions are also shocking. Citywide those crimes are up 94.4% (18 last year: 35 this year).
The data on property crime is also alarming. Year-to-date, all property crimes are up 45% over last year currently with robberies up a shocking 124.6%. See below for citywide data on crimes year to date.
We have attached the full crime report here: Weekly Crime Report Week Ending May 29. The first page shows all crimes citywide; the following pages break them out by sector.
TPD Staffing and Tacoma’s Budget
This week TPD reported that it currently has 48 vacancies for commissioned officers. That is movement in the right direction since at the beginning of the year there were 54 vacancies. Nonetheless, we need a fully staffed TPD for them to be effective in doing their job. Tacoma is in the process of gearing up for its next budget process. It is imperative that, when the time comes, we all weigh in to support full funding for TPD. TBC will let you know when it is time to participate in that process.
$250,000 Fund for Enhanced Security
As we mentioned last week, the City has set up a program for Neighborhood Business District to apply for funding to implement enhanced security. Business districts must apply to CDA for the funding. If you are a neighborhood business district association and have questions, the contact for that is Timothy Marlowe, President of the CDA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-614-7629.