January 2019

New Faces Join PPD in January

We are so excited to be able to share some news about new faces at the Puyallup Police Department in January. We have not only welcomed one new lateral officer and one entry level recruit officer, but we also celebrated the graduation of three newly-commissioned officers from the criminal justice training commission. Welcome to PPD Officer Olinger and Recruit Thomson, and congratulations to Officers Aponte, Sanabria and Skelton. We are excited to have such great new officers joining our team!
New Hires PD
Newly Commissioned PD

City Gallery New Show and Artist Reception

On Tuesday February 19th, the City of Puyallup will host a reception for Marianne Harlor and Marjorie Mankin, the artists currently featured in “City Gallery” on the fifth floor of City Hall. Harlor’s and Mankin’s varied work consists of watercolors, mixed media and oil paintings as well as collagraph prints.

Marianne Harlor is an award-winning artist who lives in Puyallup. She has been drawing and painting since childhood and earned her BA in Art from the University of Minnesota. Harlor has shown her work at many galleries and art shows. She has taught painting as well as studied under numerous notable artists both here and abroad. “Painting is forever exciting and makes one so much more aware of things around them, especially light and color,” said Harlor. “I am always awed and inspired.”
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Marjorie Mankin lives Lakewood. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibits including the Carnegie Institute, Handforth Gallery, Allied Arts and the Frye Museum as well as in many juried and invitational shows. She has received multiple awards and honors and instructed at the high school, college and adult levels for many years. “I have loved art since early childhood,” Mankin said. “The beauty of creation and its colors, textures and shapes beckon me to interpret nature in my own style.”
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Harlor and Mankin’s shared show will continue through March 28th.

City Gallery is free and open to the public during regular business hours. The gallery is curated by Arts Downtown, a local organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists with the vision of making art an essential part of the Puyallup community. City Gallery offers both established and new or emerging artists a place in which to showcase their work.

Event details:
Tuesday, February 19th
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
5th Floor Puyallup City Hall
333 S. Meridian

Mother Son Date Night

In a first for Puyallup, 28 moms and their sons spent time at the Puyallup Recreation Center for Mother Son Date Night.  There were plenty of games to enjoy like air hockey, ping pong and foosball, and sons had the chance to beat their moms in multiple “Minute to Win It” style games. Additionally, crafts like making slime and super hero masks were offered and enjoyed.  When they tired of playing, pizza and drinks were available for refueling.  The evening concluded with a showing of The Incredibles 2 projected in the gym.  It was a fun experience the boys and their moms will remember for some time.
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Scramble Bar

The Puyallup Activity Center is hosting a new “Scramble Bar” on the last Tuesday of each month. The event is sponsored by Bonaventure of South Hill and breakfast includes choice of toppings for your scrambled eggs and fresh muffins.  January was the first offering and we look forward to the growth of this event as the community learns about it.

Cookies with A Cop Event

On January 15th, the Puyallup Police Department was at Chick-Fil-A for the first ever Cookies with a Cop event.  Officers got a chance to talk with citizens and hear about issues of concern in our community over a cookie, and the restaurant had set up activity stations for children which was a big hit. The warm Chick-Fil-A chocolate chip cookies weren’t so bad, either. 
Cookies with a Cop

Youth Sports

Youth basketball for boys and girls kindergarten through 12th grade is in full swing. There are 91 teams currently in the fourth week of games. Games are held on Saturdays at the Puyallup Recreation Center, Memorial Center, and various Puyallup School District gymnasiums. Next up is youth baseball/softball with registration for City of Puyallup residents having opened up on February 4th and on February 11th registration opens to everyone.

Planning Commission Public Hearing

The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30 PM to consider proposed zoning code text amendments associated with small cell wireless facilities. 

In 2018, the City adopted new code to address the pending increase in the usage of small cell wireless equipment by private telecommunication carriers, which involves smaller antenna equipment usually attached to poles within City street rights-of-way.  Later in 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules which further limited the ability of cities nationwide to regulate this kind of private small cell facilities.  Those new FCC rules are causing jurisdictions such as ours to further revise our recently-adopted zoning standards.

All Planning Commission recommendations on code amendments are forwarded to City Council for final action, which is expected to occur sometime in the next two months. City Planner Rachael Brown (253-770-3363) is the case planner for these draft amendments.  All Planning Commission meetings are held in the City Council Chambers on the 5th Floor of the City Hall (333 S. Meridian); any interested party may attend the hearing and, if desired, provide testimony.   

Brown Bag with Blue Event

On January 30th, PPD was at Ferrucci Junior High for the first Brown Bag with Blue event.  Our officers joined Ferrucci students for lunch!  It was a great time for our officers to talk with students and make lasting connections with the students. The Puyallup Police Department has scheduled several more Brown Bag with Blue events before the end of the year at other schools.   
Brown Bag with Blue

Great Decisions Discussion Group 2019

The Puyallup Activity Center has partnered again this year with Learning is ForEver and the Puyallup Public Library to offer Great Decisions Discussion Group 2019.  Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs and is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book, meeting to watch a DVD pertaining to the theme of the week, then discussing critical global issues facing America Today. Topics presented include: Global Migration, The Middle East: Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations, Nationalism in Europe, Decoding U.S. – China Trade, Cyber Conflicts, The U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and the State of U.S. Diplomacy. Visit the webpage to view upcoming discussions. 

Spring Softball

Registration for our adult slow pitch spring softball leagues opened on January 28th. Leagues are offered for Men and Coed teams six days a week. Registration closes on March 10th so be sure to register early before leagues fill up. Bonus: new turf infields this year!
Spring Softball

2019 Puyallup Police Department Citizens’ Academy

The Puyallup Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2019 citizens’ police academy. This seven-week engaging and informative program is designed to increase understanding of law enforcement operations and to allow opportunity to interact with our outstanding personnel.  For more information, visit www.PuyallupPolice.org.

Pioneer Park Pavilion

The start of 2019 has been busy with a variety of great events. The Pavilion was represented at the NW Wedding Expo at the Tacoma Dome on January 5th and 6th, which continues to be a great opportunity to connect with potential clients and network with other local venues and vendors
Also in January, the Pavilion was host to Auto Warehousing’s Employee Event, Farwest Sports’ Holiday Party, the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber’s Rising Star Breakfast, Puyallup PTA’s Annual Art Reflections event, two Celebration of Life rentals, Sound Family Medicine’s all-hands quarterly meeting, Swedish Medical Center’s MS Seminar, the NW Sinfonietta’s January concert, a Village Cooperative Senior Living Rental, and two beautiful weddings/receptions. 

Potential New Development

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects:

  • Multi-family residential buildings containing a total of 22 units in the 4200 block of 7th Street SW.  This multi-family project would include associated site improvements, parking area and open space.   
  • Upgrades to an existing parking lot and storage area associated with a current business site in the 2400 block of Inter Avenue. 
  • Two separate proposals involving requests for new two-lot single-family residential subdivision.  One of the proposals was in the 2100 of 9th Avenue SW; the other is in the 2400 block of 17th Street SW.  
  • A new small warehouse building, expected to be 5,600 – 6,200 square feet in size, planned for an approximately 10,000 square foot commercially-zoned property in the 100 block of 7th Street SE.     

PPD Launches Crime Suppression Unit

In January, the Puyallup Police Department launched a new Crime Suppression Unit (CSU).  The new unit consists of a Detective Sergeant, Detective, and two Officers.  The focus of the unit is on street level crime in the City such as narcotics, stolen property and theft, and vice crimes. The new unit will also focus on wanted subejcts, repeat offenders who target the City for crime, and organized retail theft.  In January alone, CSU arrested 19 offenders in the City for various crimes. This is a fantastic start for CSU and we look forward to their impact in our community!

Daddy Daughter Dance

This year’s Daddy Daughter Dance was sold out with a total of 455 attendees between the two dances offered. This Puyallup tradition was held at the Pioneer Park Pavilion and brought dads and daughters together for a night of fun. The dance featured a live DJ playing kid friendly hits, light refreshments and a professional photographer. 
Daddy Daughter Dance

*Save the Date* - Cops vs. Teachers Basketball Game 

Looking for something fun to add to the calendar in March? On March 21st, Lakes High School will be hosting the 10th Annual Cops vs. Teachers Charity Basketball Game! Police officers throughout Pierce County, and teachers and administrators from local school districts will come together to play a charity game of basketball in support of a worthy cause. The Puyallup PD team will include: Deputy Chief Dave McDonald, Officers Jonathan Skelton, Marty Martin, Jordan Tungsvik, and Jacob Sutton. The coach for the cops team is PPD Officer Rob Kearney.  See you at the game!

Raffle begins at 5:00PM
Tip-Off at 6:30PM
10320 Farwest Drive
Lakewood, WA 98498

This year all proceeds from the event will do to Caring for Kids Foundation. If you need additional information about the event, please contact the Lakes High School Key Club Advisors at: copsvsteachers@gmail.com 

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S.A.I.L. Program

Puyallup seniors have enthusiastically started off the new year with a re-commitment to their health. One of the many options available to them is participating in the S.A.I.L fitness program. S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) is a senior-developed exercise program with the goal of promoting healthier life styles for adults age 65 and older. Done regularly, the entire curriculum of activities performed in the S.A.I.L. program can help seniors reduce their chances of falling and improve their strength and balance. The S.A.I.L. routine can be done standing or sitting and each class meets for one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2018 Crime Stats Are In!....Unofficially….

Someone sound the good news alarm! Our crime stats for 2018 versus 2017 are (unofficially) in. Here are some stats you might find interesting:

  • Violent crime was down in the City Puyallup by 16.2% in 2018 when compared with 2017.
  • Property crime was down in the City of Puyallup by 6.9% in 2018 when compared with 2017.
  • A couple of interesting stats. Residential burglary was down 28.3% in 2018 compared with 2017, theft from vehicle was down 9.9% compared with 2017, mail theft was down 29.9% compared with 2017. Simple assault was down 15.9% compared with 2018. And DUI was down 22% in 2018 compared with 2017. 
  • We housed 2,391 inmates in the Puyallup Jail in 2018 which accounted for 15,693 jail days served.
  • The average daily population of the jail was 49, which includes both outside agency inmates and Puyallup inmates. The average daily population for Puyallup-specific inmates was 43. 
  • We housed 293 outside agency inmates in 2018 which accounted for 1,600 jail days served.
  • There were 54,483 calls for service in 2018 which averaged to 149.4 per day or 6.225 per hour.
  • There were 10,820 formal police reports written from the 54,483 calls for service. There were also 265 online reports submitted by citizens in our online reporting module.
  • There were 7,595 traffic stops in 2018 with 5,495 traffic tickets written. 
  • There were 2,666 suspicious subject stops conducted in 2018.
  • There were 3,642 subjects arrested by PPD in 2018.
Our officers and staff have worked hard this past year along with you--our community. It takes all three together to address crime and show we mean business. We know there is still much work to be done, particularly as it relates to the fear of crime and perception of crime. You can count on us to give 100% in the year ahead as we seek to serve our community. If you’re wondering how you can help, there are several things you can do: have a block watch in your neighborhood, lock up your valuables, report suspicious activity, and join us in spreading the word about how we are doing in Puyallup.

Puyallup Code Compliance

2018 was another busy year for City Code Compliance. The City’s only Code Compliance Officer, Shane Pieren, enforces a variety of City nuisance and land use codes to protect neighborhoods, address property maintenance concerns and safeguard the City’s general health, safety and welfare. The goal of City Code Compliance is to achieve voluntary compliance, which is generally obtained. Some statistics from last year include: 

  • 230 compliance cases were opened in 2018, the great majority prompted by citizen complaints. Approximately three-quarters of those cases were responded to within a day of receipt. About one-quarter of the cases were resolved within 14 days of receipt.  Of the 230 cases opened throughout 2018, over 80% have now been resolved and closed. 
  • Over 2,000 field inspections were performed by Shane throughout the year. 
  • Violation topics that were determined to be valid included (in descending order of occurrence): accumulation of rubbish/garbage on private property, overgrown weeds, motor vehicle storage (both functioning and non-functioning), violations of the City’s required garbage service, vacant structures, structures deemed unfit for human habitation, removing items blocking vehicle sightlines at corners, business uses not allowed in residential zones, and prohibited signs 
  • Less than 20% of compliance cases progressed to the point where an actual citation had to be issued.       

Puyallup PD Traffic Unit Back in Action for 2019!

You may have noticed there are a few more motorcycle officers riding around town lately. This is a result of a number of police officers finishing their training and being released to full duty. The release of these officers to full duty allowed the Department to resurrect our motorcycle program. 
Around the second week of January the motor officers, who are assigned to the Traffic Unit, focused enforcement in several high traffic areas throughout the city. Areas such as Levee Road, 39th Ave SE, Valley Avenue and Meridian received most of the attention. The motor officers strategically worked these locations in an effort to let the public know that our motor officers were back on patrol and to try reducing motorist speeds in these key areas. A quick analysis of their work revealed that the three motor officers wrote 436 infractions during the month of January. By way of contrast, the entire department wrote 235 infractions in January the year prior.
Traffic Unit
In the coming months, you will see the motor officers balancing their time between high collision areas and neighborhoods where we have a verified speed problem.  Speeding continues to be a major complaint from our residents and we want to ensure safety on all Puyallup streets. If you have a speeding concern in your neighborhood, report it to the traffic unit at 253.841.5415.