November 26, 2012
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COLLEGE PLACE — Compared with the county Sheriff’s Office and the Walla Walla Police Department, the College Place Police Department is the smallest in terms of budget and manpower.
Until recently, the department was able to maintain a significant reserve.
WALLA WALLA — A look at budgets for the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office from 2006 to the present shows some surprising ups and downs.
Nabiel Shawa says the city is looking to address the recent increase in crime but needs to fund other services, too.
WALLA WALLA — Providing adequate police protection is a priority for the city of Walla Walla, according to City Manager Nabiel Shawa.
John Turner says there are many good ideas for fighting crime, but all require resources.
There were 114 fewer violent crimes recorded in Walla Walla County in 2011 than in 1980. Property crimes saw a similar downward trend over the same time period.
Scott Bieber worries that further cuts to the city police force could undo work to make the city safer.
WALLA WALLA — The number of Walla Walla police officers has declined the past couple of years, just as the crime rate has inched upward along with calls for service.
Side-by-side comparisons, rankings and isolated data aren't enough to answer the question of whether an area has enough law enforcers.
Reviewing crime rates and employment statistics of law enforcement agencies is only one part of the puzzle when trying to piece together a complete picture of the effectiveness of individual departments.