Crime-free rental program draws a 'packed' house

The city police program helps give tenants and landlords tools to fight crime on their property.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Police Department graduated a larger than usual class from its Crime Free Property Management seminar Wednesday night.

Roughly 80 people registered for the class, according to Vicki Ruley, crime prevention coordinator for the department. Forty-eight of those received certificates for their attendance.

The Walla Walla Police Department began offering the seminar in 2002, and averages two seminars each year with roughly 50 attendees per seminar, according to Ruley. Ruley added the increased attendance this year may be due to holding only one seminar last year.

The four-night course covers warning signs of drug activity, fire and safety codes and the role of police and the sheriff's department in rental housing, Ruley said.

"Probably the most popular night we have is tenant/landlord law," Ruley said. "It was packed."

Ruley added that both landlords and tenants are encourage to attend the classes.

"We have a few tenants come to these," Ruley said. "They're just as welcome. And we want property managers to know they're there."

The next class is scheduled for the coming fall.

For more information contact Officer Tim Bennett at 509-524-4381 or tbennett@ci.walla-walla.wa.us.

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