PPD Recovers DUI Costs
The Puyallup Police Department’s Holiday DUI Emphasis netted 47 DUIs between Thanksgiving and New Years. During the emphasis patrols, officers arrested 37 impaired drivers. Additionally, 10 drivers were arrested during the 13 extra shifts scheduled around those dates and times that impaired drivers were most likely to be on the road. The additional shifts were paid for by utilizing the department’s DUI Cost Recovery account, which is comprised of fees levied against persons convicted of Driving Under the Influence. This additional fee pays for the cost incurred when a person is convicted of a DUI.
Progress on New Communications Center
The 911 phone equipment has arrived at the new Communications Center, which will be located at the city’s Public Works facility. Once Century Link is finished with installation, testing will begin for 911 and non-emergency phone service. If the schedule remains on course, plans to move the dispatch operations should happen in February. This phone equipment is the last major piece of technology needed to facilitate the move.
“Take Your Child to the Library Day”
Come join the fun on February 2nd for the 2nd annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” at the Puyallup Public Library. A group of dedicated librarians in Connecticut initially began this fun, annual tradition. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to explore their local public library. It is also a great day for kids to get their very first library card!
The Puyallup Public Library will offer fun activities for children and their families to participate in while they visit the library, including a “Lego My Library” Storytime. Activities at the Library are free and no registration is required. For more information about the Puyallup Public Library visit: www.puyalluplibrary.org.
Shared Services = Taxpayer Savings
It's been a busy week for Municipal Court staff as they began administering court services for the City of Milton. The Court Administrator and her staff have been ironing out wrinkles and assisting Milton Court customers in adjusting to the new location for their court services. While Milton will retain its own judge and technically remain a separate court, sharing a facility and administrative staff creates a level of efficiency that saves taxpayer dollars in both cities.
Captain Engle Completes Training
Captain Scott Engle recently graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations training. The three-week course emphasizes applied learning and utilizes small group case studies, videos, role playing, and class exercises. Students are taught leadership strategies to use in practical work place challenges. The course teaches participants behavioral science theories to better understand how to lead individuals, groups, and organizations. Participants are challenged to use the theories and strategies taught to increase the motivation, satisfaction, and performance within their organizations and to support organizational change.
Captain Engle attended this training with other law enforcement leaders from throughout the state free of charge. The Port of Seattle Police Department hosted the class and invited others from neighboring jurisdictions to attend. Typically, the course is $1,150.
Communications Center Exceeds National Standards in 2012
The Communications Center once again exceeded national standards for 911 call answering times. For 2012, dispatchers answered 911 calls within the first 10 seconds 94.47% of the time; far exceeding the national standard of 90%. The standard also states that 95% of the 911 calls should be answered within the first 20 seconds of the call. In 2012, our dispatchers answered 99.85% within the first 20 seconds; again far exceeding national standards. In 2012, the Communications Center answered 47,623 emergency 911 calls.
Motorola USA visits Puyallup PD
On December 11, Motorola USA came to Puyallup PD as part of their visit with law enforcement nationwide; four representatives rode along with some of our officers and then met to discuss law enforcement technologies currently being developed by Motorola. The officers were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as the technology that was shared with them is sensitive and not for public dissemination at this time. Motorola was very impressed with the PPD and the officers are looking forward to the upcoming technology.
Volunters Assist the PPD with Vehicle Prowl Inspections
On December 22, one of the last holiday shopping days of 2012, over 50 volunteers from the Kiwanis and Emerald Ridge Key Club assisted with conducting vehicle prowl inspections. This incredible volunteer turn out was much appreciated. The Problem Oriented Policing Unit and the Special Investigations Unit also adjusted their shifts during the month of December to provide a presence in and around our shopping areas.
"Like" your City! Connecting with the Community Online
The year 2012 marked a year of great strides in electronic outreach to citizens. Several departments became more active in online communications including the Library, Police Department, and Parks and Recreation. On existing social media accounts, numbers of followers continued to grow, expanding the number of people we can reach with news on city services or public services. Between Facebook "Likes" and Twitter "Followers," there are 4,400 people who are getting updates on what is going on in Puyallup.
While we've expanded how we reach out to community members via the internet, citizens are continuing to use e-tools to contact the city as well. We received more than 200 messages per month through the 'Contact Us' email form on the city's website. This feature likely remains popular due to its convenience. Unlike a customer service counter, citizens can use the form to send the city their question or concern any time of the day or night. Although some end of year items are still being researched or waiting on more information from citizens, more than 99% of the 2,625 messages received in 2012 have been resolved by staff.
Back Up Generator at the Library
The Puyallup Library is the hub for computer and telephone systems for downtown city facilities. Due to the lack of an onsite generator, past power outages have required that a generator must be relocated and set up to provide power to these critical systems. By the time the generator is set up, the limited battery backup for the systems in the computer room has often failed, shutting down all of the Internet, Intranet and telephone service to the City's downtown buildings. To address this issue, Emergency Management recently purchased a used, low-hours, 60 KW natural gas powered generator to provide backup power. The generator is being permanently installed at the Library along with a transfer switch, which will automatically activate the standby generator when it senses the loss of utility power. The generator is currently going through load testing. Gas controls are also being installed, as a second fuel source, should natural gas become unavailable due to earth quake damage. This project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the month.
Wastewater NPDES Permit
Staff has been informed that Puyallup’s wastewater National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permit is currently pending renewal before the Tribe and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Several news articles in the past year have focused on the Department of Ecology’s efforts to determine and revise per capita fish consumption, which is defined as the criteria to establish numeric limits for toxic chemicals discharged into the water to ensure that humans can safely consume fish from the waters of the State. Among other factors, fish consumption rates influence the calculation of water quality standards for human health. In order to minimize human health risk, the higher the consumption rate the lower the water quality limit.
Oregon’s consumption rates, approved last fall by the EPA, are the most stringent water pollution regulations in the country. In 2005, the Puyallup Tribe proposed, and then dropped, water quality standards with fish consumption rates similar to Oregon’s. Given EPA’s approval of the Oregon limits, and the Tribe’s indication of a desire to raise consumption rates, Puyallup’s next wastewater NPDES permit may contain costly additional provisions the city must meet.
ELF The Musical at the 5th Ave
Twenty seniors from the Puyallup Activity Center and University Place Senior Center wrapped up the holidays by attending “ELF the Musical” at the 5th Avenue Theatre. ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts, is transported to the North Pole, and raised unaware that he is actually a human. The 5th Avenue Theatre provides season pass tickets at a discounted rate for seniors through the Senior Silver Package. This is the second year that the Puyallup Activity Center has taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Puyallup Police Department Traffic Enforcement
The Puyallup Police Department is conducting a school zone enforcement emphasis in conjunction with the Puyallup School District’s return to classes. This emphasis will take place the weeks of January 2–4 and January 7–11. In addition to the school zone emphasis, the PPD is trying something new for 2013. We are going to focus on a “Street of the Week” for traffic enforcement. The Traffic Unit will determine the “Street of the Week” by the amount of activity/traffic related complaints on the selected streets.
Street of the Week
January 1-6 Brookmonte Dr from 16th Ave to 23rd Ave SE
January 7-13 21st ST SE from Pioneer to Vista Drive
January 14-20 7th Ave SE from S Meridian to 21st St SE
January 21-27 Crystal Ridge Drive from 23rd Ave SE east
The Traffic Unit will also conduct the following emphasis patrols during the month:
Traffic Unit Emphasis
January 1-6 Distracted Driving/Cell Phone/Texting/Electronic Devices
January 7-13 Distracted Driving/Cell Phone/Texting/Electronic Devices
January 14-20 Red lights and stop signs
January 21-27 Equipment violations/Trucks over height/Tinted Windows
Chief Jeter Participates in Discussion on School Safety
Chief Bryan Jeter served as a law enforcement moderator for a discussion on school safety prevention, response, and recovery on January 7th at Washington High School. This meeting was facilitated by the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The meeting included law enforcement and fire officials, elected officials, school district personnel, school resource officers, risk managers, school board members, and emergency management personnel. Discussion included what we are doing to prevent and prepare for this type of situation in Pierce County.
On the first and third Tuesday of each month a fun and educational class called the Writers’ workshop is offered at the Puyallup Activity Center. The volunteer instructor is Alice Ross who has returned by “popular demand” to teach this workshop that helps fellow writers critique and obtain feedback on each others work while learning and laughing along the way.
Mark Your Calendars
· January 15 – Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· January 21 – MLK Jr. Day - City Offices are Closed
· January 22 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· January 31 – District 2 Neighborhood Meeting, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
· February 1 – City Council Special Meeting, Council Chambers, 2:00 pm
· February 5 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· February 12 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· February 18 – President’s Day - City Offices are Closed· February 19 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm